Babies will likely be able to look at you and smile when they re happy. Babies smile and then look away if they decide the interaction is too intense.
Here s the smile on demand.
How to get a toddler to smile for pictures. Getting your smile camera ready sometimes calls for a little behind the scenes prep work. Play peekaboo behind your camera. By the end of a wedding day our cheeks would hurt from smiling the whole entire time.
At 6 to 12 months old. Between 6 and 10 weeks of age. Make sure the camera is pre focused and ready to capture the smile.
Ask them a happy question. By 2 or 3 months old. If you spend too much time taking a photo you ll either get a forced smile or your child will start to get annoyed.
It s so simple and it s effective on most anyone who isn t a trained model or actor. I ve devised a little trick for getting kids to smile naturally in photos 99 of the time. Babies start to experiment with laughter and become really fun to photograph.
Babies will begin to smile at environmental stimulation. For me on the day of our family pictures my 2 year old refused to nap and then fell asleep on the drive to family pictures which meant i had to wake her up and try and get her to smile. Kids have short attention spans.
It s cold and i m lying on the ground with a stone stair in my back but i m still smiling. At first they may look at you not quite sure what to do. If your choppers have yellowed with age try a whitening product or visit your dentist.
The problem with this is you ll get phony cheesy unappealing smiles where they barely even look like their real selves. If you re smiling the people around you are more likely to smile. If you are the one trying to get great pictures of kids smiling for the camera take a lot of pictures in rapid succession praying one of them will capture that smile.
But it s missing that genuine real smile quality. Another variant of this is to have. Show them how to belly laugh by giving your biggest best jolly old saint nick impression.
So here are four tricks for getting your toddler to smile. If you want to get a genuine smile from children during family pictures try asking them to belly laugh. Between 4 and 6 months of age.
Here s how it works. Try to take the photo quickly and move on. If all else fails use photoshop or take video instead doing crazy stuff so he ll smile then go back later and screenshot or take stills from the video with their true smile.
If you want to get kids to smile quickly and easily for photos ask them to say cheese. I pulled out a few tricks i learned from photographer friends and they actually worked. And this is where you have to ready to be a bit of a goof ball yourself.
This one works better with younger kids up to about 2ish. I call it the serious face.