How to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile in Photos

Let them be themselves

Everyone feel self conscious around a camera. Kids aren’t any different, and the chances are if you’re reading this then you just want a real picture of your kid happy, so let them do exactly that. A memory of them enjoying themselves. 

Let them be the photographer

Some kids are scared or intimidated by the camera itself, by getting them involved they feel more comfortable. Show them how the camera works and get them taking a photo of you smiling and then swap. Showing them how to genuinely smile in photos makes it a lot easier for them to replicate it, and they don’t feel the centre of it all, but a part of it. 

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Use some Props to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile

Lens Buddies

Crocheted lion on a camera

There’s so many different ones out there. It’s hard not genuinely smile at these. 


From a chair to keep them in a specific area, or an activity for them to focus on. 

a white curved stool
A stool is a great way to keep your kid in one location
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If in doubt try the serious face trick. Ask them to make a serious face and then tell them to stay that way. No smiling, you MUST stay serious. Eventually, they burst into giggles and there’s your genuine smile in photos. All you need to do is capture it. 

How can you feel bad and smile simultaneously? Maxime Lagacé Click To Tweet

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. Yoko Ono

Don’t be afraid to have some fun

Top 3 tips for you to get genuine smiles from your kids.

  1. Smile yourself
  2. Be patient
  3. Pick the best time for them

Finally, you don’t need them to smile to get a great photo.