As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.\nAs famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”\nAnd when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background. \n\nBe Quick\nWhile some children love the camera, others can be shy, which means as a parent you need to be quick to capture the moment before it’s gone.\nRather than stress about having the correct app, or the right lighting etc. Simply take the shot as quickly as possible.\nWith so many apps and free editing software for phones, there’s no need to be precious about the snap itself as it can be easily edited once you’ve taken the picture. \n\nThere’s an App for That\nOnce you’ve got some photos that you love you can begin editing them before you decide to print them or post them on social media.\nAnd the beauty with all of these apps is that you don’t need to have any photography skills or be a tech expert to play around with the settings. Most of the apps keep your original photo intact so you can add it into the app and play around with it until you've created a beautiful photo.\nThe best free apps currently available include:\nVCSO \nFlickr \nRepix \nA Color Story \nSnapseed \n\nGet Them Involved\nWhy not put the camera in your little one's hands and see what they come up with?\nSometimes getting your child to have a play can lead to some pretty adorable snaps. \nFrom hilarious selfies to awkward camera angles, they have a way of creating photos that bring an instant smile to people’s faces.\nHowever, if you don’t trust your new iPhone in the clutches of a toddler, you could always get down to their level.\nSeeing things from their perspective can help you get some stunning shots that you may never have thought about. \n\nRemember - Emotion is Better Than Perfection\nWhen it comes to taking great pictures we can often over complicate the process. Which is completely understandable when you just want to capture those precious moments.\nBut don’t forget that it’s more important to capture the emotion and the feeling in that moment, than trying to create a perfect moment that looks overly staged. \nThe best photos are often the most random ones from just getting out and having fun, so try your best to be more relaxed and just see what happens.