1. Go somewhere your kids enjoy being. For us, that place is the Temple. I realized that they just can't help but be happy and smile for the camera when we're there. Also, there are plenty of places to pose with pretty backgrounds.
2. Let them pick the places to pose. If I try to take too much control over the photo-shoot, the kids rebel and then the smiles cease.
|Isn't this tree the best? All them.|
3. Also, don't get too pose-y with the group shots. If I try to place each kid "perfectly," usually someone will get bored and move by the time I'm ready to take the picture. Give them a chance to position themselves and see what works out.
|This was one of the first pictures taken of the day. I think I just said, "give hugs" and this is what they came up with. Quartus isn't enjoying the moment very much, but the other three look incredibly sincere.|
|Most of this bench was in direct sunlight. But this little corner was perfect.|
|Like this. No matter how much she tried, she just could not stand there without sticking her hip out.|
7. Ask the kids to say "monkey" instead of "cheese." Go ahead and try it out. "Cheese" gives you a funny face. "Monkey" produces a more natural smile.
|Definitely a monkey face.|
|Here he was so happy to be walking on the edge of the planter like brother. I just had to crop out my hand holding his to make sure he didn't fall.|
|Primus reminds me a lot of myself. She just looked very uncomfortable in most of the pictures that I took of her and didn't seem to be able to decide how to smile. But the handful that did turn out cute are excellent!|
|A little above that window and to the left there was a little red circle (fire alarm?) So I had to crop that out. This picture should actually be cropped a little more, in fact, to focus in on Secundus and her adorable personality shining through.|
What are some photography tips that work for your kids?