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Child Photo-Shoots - Don't Say Cheese!

Jodie Bawden

So, you've booked a photo-shoot, picked a beautiful location and you've even chosen a couple of outfits for your little one.  It's all set, you can see her gorgeous smiley face on a canvass in your living room.  

But how on earth do you to get them to smile naturally? It can sometimes be a bit tricky getting them to perform on cue, oftentimes resulting in a pained expression or a grimace as the earnestly attempt to fulfil our requests. 

But hang on a minute, there's an easy fix for this that does not include uttering the words, 'say cheese!"  Treat them like the intelligent, curious humans like they are and just chat with them.  Ask them questions like, "what's your favourite movie?", "does your daddy tell rubbish jokes?" and "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Simply good old fashioned chat that I find, elicits all manner of natural and priceless expressions from shy smiles to explosions of joy.  

All of which show your child as they truly are; beautiful, complex, fascinating, fun people!