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1. Take more candid photos! Don’t always stop your kids and have them smile at you for photos. That’s great sometimes, but be a fly on the wall other times, and catch them busy at something.
2. Wait for it… If your kids are prone to stopping what they’re doing & either smiling for the camera or avoiding the camera (out of habit/expectation), try waiting with your camera ready, until they get sick of paying attention to you. When they get back to what they’re doing, you can anticipate what they’re likely to do next and stay ready with your camera, so that when that cute moment comes, you’re ready to click!
The kids were moving so quickly that this proved to be the best way to catch that moment!
3. When you want a smiling photo: Instead of asking them to smile and say cheese, try getting them laughing instead! You’re much more likely to get a genuine smile or facial expression! (How you get them laughing is up to you- tell a silly joke, make a funny noise, tickle… do whatever works for your kids! Some kids respond well to being told, “Don’t you smile! Don’t you DARE smile!”… after saying that a few times with a mischievous grin on your face, they just might crack into the biggest, most genuine smile you’ve ever caught on camera! (But don’t forget to have your camera READY for it when the genuine facial expression comes- sometimes they’re short lived & you don’t want to miss it!)
I hope this gets you thinking this week as you pull your camera out. See if you can go a week without asking anyone to SAY CHEESE!
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Other Posts in the Series:
Tip #1: Using Your Flash
Tip #2: Natural Light
Tip #3: Be Aware of your Background
Tip #4: Perspective
Tip #5: Focus & Zoom
Tip #6: Rule of Thirds
Tip #7: No Cheese!
Each Friday I'll share another photography tip. If you have any photography-related questions that you'd like to see me answer, feel free to leave them in the comments- perhaps I could do a future post on a subject you're curious about.