Ok, the very last photography tip I want to leave you with is this: like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Or, practice at least makes “improved more than before.” The beauty of taking lots and lots of photos is that you will get better and better at doing it. The other advantage is that statistically speaking, if you take enough crappy photos, odds are you’ll get a good one or two in there as well.
See where the light is best in your house and yard at certain times of the day. Pay attention, and take advantage. Aim for the soft glow of morning and evening lighting. Be aware of your backgrounds. Practice sitting your kids in front of solid-color sheets as backdrops and staging your own photo shoots. Get in closer to your subject ... you can almost always get in closer. Also practice taking pictures of your kids on the sly, as the spontaneous photos are often the best. If you have to, bribe the little rugrats with money to get them to pose and cooperate. Not that I would know anything about that (ahem). Most of all, have fun with it, and enjoy your results. And if you aren’t happy with your results ….keep doing it until you are!