Last week, I suggested 3 simple photography tips when photographing children so you could capture their real smiles.
I’m talking about big, shiny smiles that happen naturally when kids are having fun. It’s during those cracking-themselves-up, giggling-like-crazy moments that you and your digital camera need to be ready to snap the shot.
3 more simple photography tips to engage children when taking pictures of them
Replace Their Favourite Songs With Silly Words
This is another twist on livening up the ordinary with the unexpected. “Twinkle, twinkle, little cow,” complete with mooing noises, is hilarious to a child. Make the second verse about a tiger and throw in some roars. Try “Mary had a little monkey” or “Row, row, row your pancake/gently down the syrup!”
Tell Them Not To Smile
Telling a child not to do something pretty much guarantees they’ll do the opposite, right? Use reverse psychology to your benefit here. “Whatever you do, don’t smile. Do. Not. Smile. Don’t do it!” You can only hide a smile for so long before it makes it debut.
Children love to prove that they can do anything, so let them try! “I bet you can’t lick your elbow!” “There’s no way you can smell your own nose, get outta town!” “Ibet that you can’t hop up and down and rub your belly at the same time!”
The Photos You’re After
Using these photography tips with children or anyone for that matter will for sure get you the expressions you’re after. Do keep in mind that the shot you want is not while they’re doing the action like licking their elbow (although it is a funny shot).
The photograph you’re after is the moment they think they’re being so funny and cheeky they burst out laughing – that’s the shot you want.
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