Everybody say cheese!
Why I actually prefer children not to smile for the camera.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love a smiling child in front of my camera, but if your little one isn’t a natural smiler, then your images won’t be a true reflection of them as a person, making your images somewhat false (even though they may well be cute).
With Christmas fast approaching, my bookings have drastically increased (I’m definitely not complaining). I have been hosting a few days of Christmas mini sessions, but with each session, I’ve noticed some parents getting a tad frustrated that their child simply won’t smile.
In these situations, I try everything in my little brain of tricks can think of to get them to smile, but sometimes, it just doesn’t happen and in all honesty, that’s ok.
Your images will still be beautiful regardless because I then rely on letting your child’s own personality shine through, to capture them in the most natural way possible. Capturing the real them.
I try to think of it from a child’s point of view; they’re in unfamiliar territory, with an unfamiliar person who is holding a strange device to her head. She’s then making weird noises to get their attention. On top of that, the child’s parents are asking them to smile. It’s very overwhelming for someone so small and young, so I can completely understand why they would rather sit and frown instead 🙂
When you arrive at my studio, I never rush and always allow the child to get used to their surroundings and me. I ask one of the parents to sit close to the child on the set, so that they’re not suddenly plonked down in front of my light and left.
I do everything I can to help your little one get used to me and to make them more comfortable in my studio. I then do everything that I can think of to get them to smile, but in all honesty, I much prefer the images where they’re not even looking at me, but innocently playing on my set. They really do make the best photos.
So, if you’ve recently been to me and you left feeling worried because your little one wouldn’t smile, please don’t fret, I will still have something beautiful for you 🙂
Have a lovely week,
P.S. My friend, Claire who is a Newborn Photographer in Belfast has written a brilliant blog about newborn safety during their photography session. Please take a look 🙂