When photographing children, oftentimes your primary focus is just getting the camera to, well, focus. That is, kids can be kind of a moving target, so having your camera ready to go to capture impromptu magic is essential. The key to taking good pictures of your kids is largely preparing ahead of time, having a solid familiarity with your camera’s settings, and being patient.

However, you still need some pointers, so here are 12 resources with a combined total of over 125 tips you’ll find invaluable in taking better photos of your children.

12 Essential Tips and Tricks for Photographing Children

Photographing Children - Photocrowd

Photocrowd compiled a to-the-point list of tips and tricks for photographing children that take the guesswork out of the process.

How to Photograph Children

Photographing Children - ShotKit

If you need a primer in photographing your kids, this beginner’s guide from ShotKit is a good resource to have on hand.

29 Ways to Photograph Uncooperative Kids

Photographing Children - Clickin Moms

Clickin Moms knows what’s up. Sometimes, kids just don’t want to sit still for photos. This collection of tips for capturing lovely moments when your kids just don’t wanna is great.

7 Tips for Photographing Kids

Photographing Children - Digital Photography School

Here’s another quick tip list for photographing kids, this time put together by Digital Photography School.

How to Photograph Children: 10 Tips

Photographing Children - Expert Photography

These ten tips put together by Expert Photography take you step-by-step through the photography process.

Top 10 Children’s Photography Tips

Photographing Children - Picture Correct

Don’t leave taking pictures of your kids to guesswork. Take these tips compiled by Picture Correct as sound advice.

25 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Children

Photographing Children - PetaPixel

PetaPixel has put together a larger resources detailing 25 tips for taking pictures of your kids, and they’re definitely worth a look.

Children Photography Tips

Photographing Children - Exposure Guide

And this tip collection from Exposure Guide is worth a look, too.

How to Photograph Children

Photographing Children - Photography Life

Photography Life breaks down how to photograph your children with an instructional, how-to approach.

8 Tips & Tricks for Photographing Children

Photographing Children - Live Snap Love

Another great resource to check out is this article from Live Snap Love, that details 8 tips and tricks for better child photography.

8 Tips for Photographing Children

Photographing Children - Rowan Sims

Eight more tips on offer here, this time from Rowan Sims, a photographer who also manages a photography blog.

17 Essential Kids Photography Tips Every Parent Should Try

Photographing Children - James Vernacotola

Last on our list is a collection 17 tips for parents they can implement to take better photos of their kids in a natural way.

Take Better Photos of Your Kids

Don’t leave your photography to chance. Instead, prepare well and use the tips above to take stunning photographs of your children — even when they’re not in the most cooperative headspace.

If you’re interested in improving your photography skills in other areas, be sure to check out 7 Resources for Learning Photography Without Getting a Degree.