Say Cheese! Strategies for Getting Kids to Look at the Camera

Say Cheese! Strategies for Getting Kids to Look at the Camera
As any parent of the under 5 set will tell you, getting your child(ren) to cooperate for a decent photo is arguably more challenging than a back to back spin class. In preparation for our spring photoshoot, we're rounding up some of our best strategies for capturing images you’ll treasure forever.

Get real

The authenticity of a candid shot that captures a child playing freely are usually the best and the ones we cherish forever; when photographing kids, aim to capture moments rather than poses.

Time it right

You know their behavior patterns the best — some kids are more likely to cooperate after an afternoon nap, while others are perkier first thing in the morning. If your little one is prone to hangry outbursts, taking photos right before dinner is never going to work (even though the lighting may be ideal). Plan photo sessions around your child’s schedule, even if it means you need to get creative with the location.

Make it a race

If your kids are old enough to walk, challenge them to a race. Have them run as fast as they can towards you. This will allow you to capture fun images filled with energy and happiness — and eye contact!

Take a million

Pictures, that is. In order to get a frame-worthy photo, you should expect to take a hundred. With these odds, the more pictures you snap, the more likely you are to end up with one that is worth keeping. 

Reverse psychology

Instead saying cheese, tell them “not to smile” — nine times out of ten, this will actually make them smile. :)

Comfort is key

Kids will be more likely to take a good picture when they are relaxed in soft and comfortable clothes. While fancy dresses or a bow-tie and suspenders are always cute, they will be more cooperative if they do not feel restricted.


When all else fails, have some sugar on hand.

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