Contending with children, however, is something else indeed. Newborns, though pliable and generally accommodating to any setting, though photogenic to the nth degree, need props and lots of ingenuity to bring something new to each shot.
Conversely, toddlers, while completely adorable, can be uncooperative and moody. They can be shy, difficult to coax into a smile or away from their parent. Or, on the flip side, they are boundless energy, difficult to keep in one position for any length of time.
Probably one of the least problematic is the pre-schooler — still with an ingenuous charm that's beyond photogenic, but with enough maturity to understand direction. While exuberance is still there in abundance it can be reined in — not enough to take away the personality, but enough to get the job done. That said, they too, of course, can have their moments. They are kids, after all.
As with any type of photography, getting great pictures of youngsters isn't as easy as experts make it appear. These sites offer helpful advice on how it's done:
DPS How to Photograph Children
Tips for Authentic Photos of Kids
10 Tips for Photographing Your Kids
Photographing Uncooperative Kids
How to Photograph Children From Photography Life