I am not a photographer.
Have never taken a class.
And really don't have a clue what I am doing.
I just practice.
And copy others.
And edit the crap out of them until I like the look.
*Think outside of the box. Don't always ask your kids to pose. Take natural, spontaneous photographs that show their personalities and capture the moment.
*Pretend you are the paparazzi at family functions. Your family will love you for it. OK, they won't, but when you show them the pictures you took, you will be forgiven.
*Don't always wait for special occasions to get your camera out. I have mine easily accessible at all times...just in case the moment happens. I have been known to take mine in the car quite often.
Like I said, think outside of the box and capture things that aren't so obvious. Instead of just getting pictures of your child standing with their teacher at Kindergarten graduation, look around the room for other "memorable" items. It will bring some weird looks but also strike up a conversation. I was hired by a parent to take pictures of her kid at our children's graduation. I did it for free, but still.
BTW.....I might just be starting up a few mini sessions to get some practice in. Let me know if you are interested.
Have I mentioned my kid broke my laptop screen?