Isn’t it frustrating when you look at your photos and they don’t look quite like you envisaged at the time you took the picture? Whether it’s the light or someone closing their eyes at the moment you click the button, it doesn’t take much to ruin a photo.
We’re drawn to people’s eyes. For the perfect portrait they need to be in focus. Consider using a small aperture to capture the eyes in sharp focus to leave the rest of the face in a softer, flattering focus.
Natural light can be as flattering as expensive lighting equipment. Early morning or later in the day when the sun is low is best. Shoot with the sun behind you, casting light across your subject to avoid unflattering shadows.
When photographing children props and toys have a real purpose. Get down to their level and make it fun. Be ready for the moment when it appears as they have a limited attention span.
For most purposes, photographing people from eye level or slightly above is most flattering. Best to avoid shots from below, which emphasize nostrils and double chins.