Don't Say It!

November 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Don't Say It!

I bet you’re wondering what you should stop telling your kids to do, right? Well, the answer is “say cheese” every time you want them to smile for pictures. You know what you get when you ask them to say “cheese”? 
 
CHEESY SMILES! 
 
And I don’t know about you, but I hate cheesy smiles! You already know if you hire me you’ll get those natural smiles you love so much, but here are some tips you can try yourself when getting photos of your kiddos at home, on your phone. 

A Family of Four Children pose for their spring portrait sessionMinnesota Family PhotographyFamily images captured by Memories in Time Photography
 
 1. Ask Questions!
Children LOVE attention, and asking them questions will eventually get some really good smiles! Use this trick with children one, and older. Using a higher pitched voice also makes you sound excited, which makes the kids excited as well, especially when they are younger. 
 
2. The TICKLE trick!
In slow motion, make a “claw” shape with your hand, and get closer and closer to the child, finishing with ticking them! I always get lots of smiles, and do this maybe 5 times in a row. This works so well, and I’ve had kids try to tickle me back as a result too! It’s fun and results in great smiles! 

A Young Girl Poses for her Birthday Formal Portrait wearing an elegant Pink Party DressBirthday PortraitCelebrate the milestones!
 
3. The BARK trick!
I love barking at kids like a dog! First I get a surprised look, with big eyes, then laughter usually follows… Works 8 out of 10 times :-). If it’s a really shy child it might be too scary, so just feel out the vibe before unleashing your inner dog…

4 girls pose in brightly colored Spring DressesChaska Family PortraitsFamily Portraits... Because it's important to Capture Memories
 
The main takeaway here? Don’t make your children feel like they NEED to give perfect smiles for pictures, because they don’t. They just need to be their adorable selves, and a natural smile will surely happen! 

I hope that helps you get the best holiday pics ever!  Remember, you can still hire me! 😃


 


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