Monday, March 18, 2019

How I Get My Kids To Smile In Photos





People ask me how I get my kids to smile in photos.

"They always seem happy!" I'm told and I answer, "Oh, that's because I gave them $5 to smile."

I'm kidding.

If I did that, I'd be broke. I take a ton of photos.

When my kids were small, I could make farting noises, and that would do it.





Or I'd run into the side of the house, which hurt, but apparently my pain made them giggle.








But as they got older, it became tricky. Suddenly the fart noises were "lame" and when I ran into the house I was asked if I needed medication.




So what do I do now?

Well, I try to think back to a meme that made them giggle. Or a video. Or a TV show. For example, my son loves The Office, so I made a bunch of "that's what she said" jokes.




My daughter can be trickier. Her birthday is this week, and I wanted to get some photos as I did with my son.

She went, "Maybe I just won't open my eyes," and I answered, "Fine," and clicked away.




You can't give up easily with tweens and teens. You just can't. You have to go with it. Block off at least a half hour.

To get her to laugh, I was speaking to the neighbor's dog, who was barking on the other side of the fence.

"No Fluffy, you can't be in the photos," I said, and Natalie found this hilarious.

"I don't think his name is Fluffy!" she giggled.




Yes, she still stubbornly had her eyes shut, but you know, the photo invokes her joy.

You never know what will make tweens laugh.

"I'm still keeping my eyes shut," she told me.

"Amazing, my eyes are shut too," and then she opened HERS to check.




Surprise!


Then she went, "I'm going to be silly," and I said I'd still take her photo.





I let her get the silliness out of her system, because eventually she will take photos for me because she knows I won't give up. I've had a camera in her face since I pushed her out of me.




She might have thought my face WAS a camera for the first half of her life.





And when they begin to cooperate, they might go back to being a goofball, but those photos are memories too. So take them.



I find the less berating I do, the more willing they are to go back to regular photos.





Look, there's a reason why she's wearing a sweatshirt that says Sassy Since Birth. (It's from Forever 21 if you have a sassy girl too.)





So just a reminder: when photographing older kids, have patience. Be silly. Let them be silly.





And you will get some good shots.





38 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I love your previous tactics!! HAHAHHA so clever and funny

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  2. Your daughter is one camera girl. She has the talent of how to pose perfect and give those funny expressions too. By the way, farting noises is funny hahaa. Yeah, kids grow up and then we have to change the ideas accordingly.

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  3. The things we do to get out kids to smile. You go above and beyond the call of duty that is for sure. Birthday photos are fun and your daughter did a good job.

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  4. I think you're great at this so thanks for the tips!

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  5. Great tips! My nephew is pretty stoic so I'm going to try these out and see what happens!

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  6. I think these are really good tips. It can be hard to get those teens to smile! Your kids are extremely cute and they should smile!

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  7. I never thought about this but when I look back, I know what your daughter feels! letting one be themselves is the best way and it looks great and natural too!

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  8. These are great tips! It was so much easier to get my son to smile in photos when he was smaller.

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  9. These are such great tips to follow. Thanks for sharing. Now I know what to do the next time kiddo doesn't smile. LOL

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  10. These photos were so cute and I love your daughter! Reading the conversations you two had for the photos was adorable.

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  11. Seriously I loved this post! So many parents can benefit from reading this post! All these photos were so cute thank you for sharing!

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  12. Love your tips. I have one child who loves to be in front of the camera and the other smiles so dorky.

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  13. Gorgeous photos, your kids look great in them. Loving that they found it funny when you hurt yourself. Isn't that typical of kids these days lol.

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  14. I agree, it used to be as simple as a funny noise when they're really little and you'll get reliable, genuine smiles. It's getting harder for me too.

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  15. These are some really great ways to make kids smile in the photos ... to be honest I'm still having some problems with that myself! I'll try to think of strange noises next time! :D

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  16. My son has the worst forced smile. It looks like he is in pain. So I do a lot of these same things. Usually say something I know he will find funny, and just like that, you have a great picture.

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  17. I hate when the kids do the forced smile. I always try to come up with something funny to say

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  18. My kids have weird forced smiles. Sometimes I'll say something super silly that will get them to laugh, but usually it's just awkward!!

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  19. It can be such a struggle to get kids to smile for photos. My daughter is a camera hog and loves posing but some of my friends' kids are stoic

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  20. great tips for getting your kids to smile! this is so cute :-)

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  21. Genuine smiles are just the best. Yes, its effort sometimes but rewarding really.

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  22. I do a lot of pretty embarrassing things to get my kids to smile, but it works!

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  23. I love the photos you got! The sillies are important, too, because that shows their big personalities!

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  24. I love this so much! These photos are amazing. I love the silly photos, they are the best!

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  25. This brought back so many memories! My son would giggle over the silliest things when he was little. I remember a particular giggle-fit in the grocery store because he sneezed and I said "Bless You" funny (mainly just in baby talk).

    Now he's 13 and it definitely isn't as easy! He loves the office as well though

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  26. Oh this is priceless. It's funny to see the ways you could make them laugh change as time goes by. Thanks for sharing this with us. This definitely made me chuckle!

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  27. Kids love weird words, my nieces and nephews love poop talk so if you talk about poop they laugh...GROSS!! LOL!!

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  28. You're speaking my language lol. As the kids grow older, it's challenging to get them to smile but your tips are on point.

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  29. Oh I agree, it so sometimes hard to get their photos. haha! Sometimes my sister gets mad and just give up. I'll try these tips soon!

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  30. Great tips. Kids can be so difficult to capture in photos. Your tips are funny and they have certainly evolved over the years. Beautiful shots. Well worth all the farting noises, etc.

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  31. it's so beautiful when kids smile in photos. They are so sweet!

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  32. OMG! I have been off blogland for so long and I could not believe the pictures! How big they have gotten!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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  33. What some great tips for making your kids smile in photos, it always looks like your having a wonderful time in the photos you take.

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  34. Great ideas I will try with my kids thx

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  35. It's hard to make smaller kids smile in photos! With mine I make goofy faces and sometimes goofy actions too.

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  36. Kids can be so much fun. It's all about knowing what will make them laugh as they grow and adjust.

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  37. Love this. It's not always easy to get kids smiling for photos. I like her sweater. It suits her well.

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  38. i love you consistently take pictures of your kids and you capture the joy. The pre-teen and the teen years kids think they get too cool to take picture but i am happy you are finding ways to make them smile and capture that moment for life.

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