Take The Best Holiday Shots of Your Kids Using Just Your Phone

Want to WOW your family with great pictures?  Here are just a few tips to take great shots of your kiddos using just your PHONE! 


1. Consider the timing.

The best time of day to shoot is either one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. If you happen to be out in the middle of the day when the sun is blazing, make sure it is behind you. Try to find shade, but with decent lighting.

2. Think about what you’re wearing.

... Such as colors and patterns. The color orange is never a good one and it can do a number on your skin in the images.

3. Try something fun and different.

A s’mores session, a silhouette or just walk around and explore.

4. Think about the image you’re shooting and how you should take it.

The portrait mode works best for an up-close image, say, of your kid’s face. For more people, turn your phone sideways.

5. Forget the filters.

Filters can make pictures look unnatural. If you’re really aiming to get a photo worthy of sharing or hanging on a wall, use the options your phone provides.

Try out photo editing apps like PicTapCo and VSCO.

6. Try different angles.

Don’t just take pictures with the camera in front of your face or your chest. You don't want to miss out on great vantage points, so try to crouch down or hop up on a chair. 

7. Take a lot of pictures.

Don’t just snap a few and then pick a favorite. Give it some time. It will allow you to play with the lighting and attack the picture from all angles. If you have a baby, that could make all the difference in mood.

8. Get the details.

Get all up in your kids’ business. Get those sweet pictures of the tiny fingers, toes and lashes.

9. Crop.

Instead of using zoom (which can make the pictures grainy and pixelated), take the image as-is and then crop out the extra stuff you don’t want.

10. Don’t force it.

No situation is going to be perfect, but that’s OK. Take advantage of the times when your little ones have yogurt all over their face, or they’re just hanging in diapers after bath time. Those are, after all, likely the memories you’ll cherish the most.



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