Whenever possible, bracket exposure in contrasty lighting situations, camera meters have been known to read light with too much emphasis on the light (or dark) area.
Read your manual, maybe read it again and keep it handy. Get comfortable with your camera before that “special moment” arrives. Today’s cameras are too complex to “know it all”. Practice – practice – practice.
Change your angle of view and get closer. Get high or low and fill the frame. Especially when photographing children, great shots can be achieved with tight framing and different angles.
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