I'm doing a very fun critique session over at Chic Critique. Last week we shared photos and tips for getting great expressions from children. I thought I'd share, because these tips work whether you're using a professional-grade camera or an iPhone. We are all just trying to capture our children how they really are, right? So here are a few tips I've learned through the years:
1) Bribe the child. You really shouldn't be above bribery if you are committed to getting a good shot. Sometimes it's candy. Sometimes it's lip gloss
1) Any expression is going to look dull if there is no light in the eyes. You have to turn your child until you see a *sparkle* in her eyes (catch lights can be from any source of light).
3) If you're getting a lot of fake smiles - you may want to try the "silly face" technique. Be prepared - a genuine laugh usually occurs right after the silly face
3) And some kids bore easily. Act fast. You can get a thoughtful expression when asking for a favorite joke. After he tells his joke, you get a nice smile. With most boys, in moments of desperation, you can just talk about butts. You're done in 4 minutes or less.
4) Finally, sometimes smiles and laughs are not going to happen. In my opinion, the thoughtful expressions are the most beautiful