Is this photographic blasphemy? In "Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child From Age One to Ten" (Amphoto, $19.99), Me Ra Koh advises parents not to tell their kids to smile for every photo. She helps parents learn to take emotion-filled photographs, halting the snapshot overload and instead focusing on capturing powerful moments. She gives 40 "photo recipes," explaining how to set up the photo with an example.

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In "The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography" (Amphoto, $21.99), Lena Hyde suggests 100 ideas for photos, including riding a scooter, sitting on a playground slide, standing on dad's shoulders and using props such as musical instruments, wagons or capes. Sections focus specifically on photographing siblings and on the whole family. You can shoot the photos yourself or suggest them to your professional photographer.

Michele Celentano guides families in organizing and posing in "Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images" (Wiley, $29.99), including tips on how to engage impatient kids.