You know who you are. The parent who looks down on their child and says, “Say Cheese!” [We'll deal with cheese another day.] Do you really think you’re getting the best shot of your messy cake eater or toothless star? With a quick bend of your knee, I promise you’ll get a shot you can be proud of.
1- Level your camera (and this INCLUDES camera phones) with your subject’s eyes. (This applies to pets too!)
2- Center your subject in the view finder frame.
I know, easy right? Try it for a week and see what you get. I bet you’ll be impressed with yourself. I know I will be.
P.S. From time to time, you might find you like the looking up shot, and that it’s appropriate. I’m totally cool with that. I agree actually. On adults it’s usually more slimming. Sometimes you get brighter eyes too. But let’s limit this pose for special occasions, and not the daily facebook post for grandma. Cool? So glad we agree!