How To Take Great Instagram Pictures Of Your Kids

My lady admires her 3rd Birthday Haircut

Like the rest of the world, I am head over heels crazy-ass in love with Instagram. I love to look at it, I love to share with it, and I love the way it’s allowing me to stay more intimately involved with the lives of those I …well, love (even if my Mom still doesn’t understand how it works and tells me to “instagram that to Dad” or that my sister “sent her a photo on Instagram”. Oh, Mom.)

Anyway…deep in to my Instagram addiction as I am, I’ve picked up a few tricks to help maximize the awesome-ness of my photostream, which also serves as my Apple TV screensaver – so I try to make each shot one I would hang on my wall. I’m also really wordy. Have you noticed?

Let’s start the slideshow, shall we?

  • Switch It Up 1 of 9
    Switch It Up
    You'll have enough stale shots of your kid smiling blankly in to the camera from school photo day. Rather than setting up a shot, try snapping your little one from where you're standing -- let your photos reflect your memories of them at this age.
  • Color Me Happy 2 of 9
    Color Me Happy
    I'm in to a pink theme with my Instagram stream lately (I blame Delilah) and the new PicFX filters are a great way to add a pop of color where there is none. It's also where all those pretty bokehs all over Instagram are coming from. [Hint: to avoid giving the impression that a care bear puked on your pictures you can fade your PicFX filters by touching the image prompting a toggle to appear.]
  • The Devil Is In The Details 3 of 9
    The Devil Is In The Details
    Their sweet face isn't the only thing you fawn over about them.
    Why not capture those chubbed out fingers and knees too?
  • Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff 4 of 9
    Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
    Just because it's not in focus doesn't mean you should toss the shot.
  • Don’t Shoot In The App 5 of 9
    Don't Shoot In The App
    Even for Pros (read: not me) getting a great shot of a high-speed subject usually requires some rapid-fire clicking. The instagram in-app camera doesn't give you that luxury, so try your regular camera instead, or if you're looking for more control, Camera+.
  • Carpe Napum 6 of 9
    Carpe Napum
    They're never so sweet (and still) as when they're sleeping.
    Don't be afraid to get up close.
  • Brightness Will Set You Free 7 of 9
    Brightness Will Set You Free
    I try not to share too much skin when posting to a public feed, but every so often I stumble across a moment that I just can't resist. When that happens? Brightness and blur are a great alternative to unsightly black bars. ;)
  • That Thing I Said About Skin? 8 of 9
    That Thing I Said About Skin?
    That was in reference to my daughter. My husband's skin is fair game. (I don't have a tip for this one, I just love this picture.)
  • Fake It ‘Til You Make It 9 of 9
    Fake It 'Til You Make It
    Missed your candid shot? Ask your Toddler to "kiss Daddy again!"

That’s it! For more tips, tricks and app recommendations, click HERE. For stuff to do with all those shots once you’ve taken them, give this post a try.

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