Photographing kids can be tough and unpredictable so with a few ideas up your sleeve to get them smiling, it will hopefully be a smoother photoshoot. Whether you give them a prop that will keep them entertained or pull funny faces behind the camera, this blog article will give you 5 ways to get kids smiling in front of the camera.
not so serious face
This suggestion is a slightly different and unique approach! Almost everyone, and especially kids, can’t hold a serious face for long without laughing. So the idea here is to ask the kids to show you a serious face, and within a few moment laughter will break out and here is your million pound shot!
interact with a pet animal
Pets are a great prop to guarantee a smile because they are just as unpredictable as kids. Not only do pets provide so much entertainment, but they’ll also generate a genuine smile or laughter from the kids.
put on some tunes
Dancing often makes kids less nervous and more relaxed, so why not ask them for their favourite song and get your dance moves on! Creating a chilled out and relaxed environment is the best way to get kids smiling so we highly recommend trying this technique.
pull funny faces behind the camera
This idea works best on babies or younger toddlers. The older they get, they might think that you are being a little patronising! However, pull some funny faces behind the camera or give them a tickle, and hopefully they’ll find it hilarious! It may be easier if you have a colleague or their parent who can do this whilst you capture the photos.
Don’t go for the ‘say cheese’ tactic as it makes kids put on a forced smile. Instead get talking to the kids. Ask them about what they want to be when they’re older, their favourite movie etc. If you engage in a conversation with them, you are guaranteed to get a smile. For this suggestion, multitasking is essential as you’ll have to talk as well as take photos!
Now that you’ve mastered the task of making kids smile. Click here to check out our ideas for a fun and creative kids photoshoot as it can guarantee some amazing images!
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