Too often, parents take only one or two shots of their kids. But this doesn't allow for variables like eyes being closed, heads turned, or half-smiles. Furthermore, for every additional child in the photo, the chances for facial quirks and distractions increase exponentially.
When you can, take at least two shots of a scene, preferably four to five or more, and don't be afraid to keep on clicking if your kids are behaving especially well. The extra snaps will give you variety in expression, perspective, pose and composition.
Shooting hundreds of images is no guarantee of getting a keeper. But balancing that with a little technique and some experience certainly increases your chances. Just use common sense, and don't be afraid to take a few extra snaps!
Working with kids is just plain good fun.The good news is that it's easy to find the joy in photographing kids.
Make the photo session something the child wants to do (i.e. have fun and play), and you'll have a much better chance of accomplishing your own objective - making fabulous portraits that you can be proud of.