9 Ways to Get People to Smile Naturally for Family Photos

Not everyone feels comfortable in front of a camera and this generally leads to forced smiles, something that can easily ruin a really good family photo.

If you have recently booked a photographer to shoot your next family portrait, here are some top tips for getting everyone to smile as authentically as possible.

  1. 55615_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter-2Get them laughing.Get someone to tell a great joke or a funny story to get everyone laughing, which will produce some real genuine smiles.
  2. Look at each other. Sometimes all it takes is looking at the people you love to achieve the perfect smiles for your next family photo.55113_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  3. Forget the cheese.Instead of using the classic ‘say cheese’ line, incorporate something unexpected into the sentence to elicit smiles and laughter. Using the word ‘money’ instead of cheese also produces a more natural smile.
  4. Take a breath.If you have people who are really nervous, get them to close their eyes, take a deep breath and smile as they open their eyes again.55406_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  5. Give them a compliment.A compliment makes anyone feel good so why not give each other a genuine compliment to produce some natural smiles.
  6. Fake your laughter.While it may feel strange at first, getting everyone to fake a laugh leads to some of the best smiles.
  7. Be silly.Get everyone to stick their tongues out or wiggle their bums for a fun reaction.55254_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  8. Happy thoughts.Get everyone to think of something that really makes them happy.
  9. Relax those facial muscles.Very often a forced smile is due to tense facial muscles. To prevent this, get everyone to scrunch up their faces and relax them to achieve a natural smile.

Overall, make this a fun day out for everyone to set the right mood and the genuine, happy smiles will follow.

Third Eye Photography

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