5 tips for genuine smiles

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Hellloooo!!  It’s nap time in the sell house, and I’m not kidding when i say it couldn’t have come sooner.  Trying to work with all 4 kids are home is no joke.  I actually made 4 different lunches today.  While that’s my fault for not refusing to do so, I was just too tired to argue it. So, frozen french toast, chicken fries, leftover chili, and soup it was.  I mean the battle just wasn’t worth it.  It’s nap time now though so, I’m about to bust out my tervis, fill it with coffee, and not cater to the needs of anyone for maybe an hour.  I might even throw on a little netflix that I’m not allowed to watch when kids are up!  I’m gettin’ wild and crazy here!  But, first, I am going to fill you in on how to get kids to smile for pictures!

Alright, alright.  Back to the post!  (I don’t get to talk to grown ups very much throughout the day…can you tell??)

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “How do you always get your kids to smile for pictures??”  The truth is, I don’t.  I mean, they smile for pictures, but if i’m being honest, there are plenty of times they won’t.  I do have a few tricks up my sleeve though, and I thought I would share them with you!  If you’re looking for the perfect guide to keep in your camera bag instead of digging through your pinterest boards, check out mom-tographer’s cheats– it’s got quick tips on settings, poses, ideas, and even my personal camera settings for images I have created.mom-cheats

5 tips for how to get kids to

smile for pictures

check out these tips that will help you learn how to get kids to smile for pictures! #genuinesmiles #getkidstosmileforpics #saycheese #embracetheperfectmess #howtogetkidstosmile

  1. Get them to talk to you.


    When you start asking question about things that make them happy, they tend to start smiling, and look at the “photo session” a little differently.  The minute you show them the session is about them, they tend to loosen up and the genuine smiles make their appearance.

    5 tips for capturing genuine smiles when photographing your wild things!

  2. Tell them to laugh as loud as they can

    I rarely have a session that I don’t ask my clients or my own kids to laugh as loud as they can.  Of course, it’s ridiculously fake, but it’s so ridiculously fake that it ends in real laughter.  In other words, genuine smiles!!

    5 tips for capturing genuine smiles when photographing your wild things!

  3. Schedule your session for the right time of day.

    If there is one thing I can count on, it’s that my children don’t do anything happily if they are hungry or tired.  If I expect to get my kids to smile, I don’t plan on taking pictures when either of those things are likely.  They must have full bellies, and be well-rested.

    5 tips for capturing genuine smiles when photographing your wild things!

  4. Play their favorite song.

    No matter what the age, awesome music brings on smiles!!

    5 tips for capturing genuine smiles when photographing your wild things!

  5. Let them play.

    Ditch the posed pictures, and go for the candid or lifestyle shots.  Letting your kids play, and being a “fly on the wall” will give you the most opportunity to capture genuine smiles.  If you’re dead set on having one picture where your subject is looking at you, Get ready with your camera, and call for them while they’re in the middle of playing!!

    5 tips for capturing genuine smiles when photographing your wild things!I hope this helps when you are photographing your little wild things!!  If you’re ready to take your camera out of auto mode, and into manual mode check out my online course learn manual mode | crash course for wild thing photographers.

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5 tips for genuine smiles — 6 Comments

  1. This is such a helpful guide! It is so hard to get that genuine smile from a little one, especially if you are photographing a child that you are only meeting for trhe first time on the day of a shoot.

  2. A great bit of information!! Thanks for the share. I’ll be using these pointers soon.

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