Like most new parents, you’re probably constantly taking photos of your kids. And who could blame you? Getting that priceless shot is so… priceless. But let’s face it, not every picture you take is frame or Facebook-worthy. When they’re not sleeping angelically, that perfect photo can be hard to acquire, especially if you’ve got a particularly active toddler on your hands. Luckily, we’ve got a few suggestions for you that will make your next photo session a breeze. Say cheese!

1.) Be Realistic

Clickin Moms suggests first and foremost, revise your expectations. Sure, you’ll have a list of perfectly posed shots in your head, but the sooner you forget about them, the better off you’ll be. The most true-to-life, personal and hilarious photos are found in the candid moments. And if you do get that perfectly posed shot, it will likely come when you least expect it- and what a fun surprise that’ll be!

2.) Technically Speaking

Shutter speed is very important, according to Clickin Moms. The faster the child, the higher the shutter speed. They suggest that if you are shooting in a manual mode, be sure the speed is above 1/200, as anything below that is going to be blurry. Suggestions: 1/250 with a toddler and 1/500 if that toddler is running!

3.) Shake, Rattle and Snap

Noise. Make lots of it! Digital Photography School suggests having a rattle on hand or some kind of toy that has sound capability (you’ve likely got many of those in your home)! Keep that noise, peek-a-boo or song coming from BEHIND the camera as much as you can as opposed to right next to it, which will cause your child to not look directly at the camera. Just a little advice that will make a big, smile-worthy difference.

4. Location, Location, Location

It’s okay to put baby in the corner during a photo session. Digital Photography School points out one important fact: put your child in a corner and they have nowhere to go! Sure, it may not stall them for long, but it usually provides enough time for a few great shots.

5. Meet Them on Their Level

It’s time to hit the ground snapping, instead of running. Sit on the ground, or lay down if you have to, says photographer Amy Postle. Putting yourself on their level will give you an entirely new and unique perspective. Postle suggests close ups of their hands, feet, smile. Experiment with cropping. Taking a moment to see the world from their height will lend itself to some fantastic shots.

Happy Snapping!