How to Get Real, Genuine Smiles From Your Kids
Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. We want to avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session.
Here are some things you can do:
2. Also give us a list of icebreakers for your child. Tell us the kinds of shows they watch, music they listen to, friends’ names, favorite story, etc. This will give us something to talk to them about, and will help them forget they’re in front of the camera.
6. Okay Lastly, let’s talk bribes, rewards or incentives. Some parents use them. Some don’t. I tend to encourage the children with motivated encouragement. I use words that reward how well they are doing vs if you hug your sister I will get you a ice cream when we are done. I have far more success with encouraging words. To be honest, after doing photography for almost 10 years I have developed a set of sneaky tools and tricks that allows me to get those REAL smiles, all without bribery! Often just having mom and dad leave the area where I am photographing takes the pressure off the kids to “smile”, and just be themselves with me!