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Monthly Tip #2- National Smile Day

Today is national smile day!!! In honor of this occasion, this week’s tip is going to be all about smiles!!! I don’t know about you, but my favorite smiles are the infectious ones. The ones where you can’t just help grinning in return. I love love love images with REAL smiles. But they are surprisingly hard to get! So here is what I have found out so far about capturing those gems!

TIP #2- NEVER SAY “SMILE!!!”

As a photographer and a mom who loves capturing real smiles, I almost never ask my subject to smile. Why? Because more often than not you well get a smile like this…

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It’s not a bad picture, in fact I still think she looks beautiful. But you can tell it is not a real smile because her eyes are not smiling. It’s just a “meh” picture. That is because it doesn’t look like she is having any fun! Or feeling anything at all! Great pictures show emotion, and invite viewers to feel emotion with the subject!

 

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Unless you are a talented actor, you probably are not going to be able to give a real smile on demand. How do I get those real smiles? Well I have to work for them! You know, tell a crazy story, hop up and down like a frog, make weird noises. Yes sometimes I get very desperate and yell out “POOP!” because of course, every kids smiles at that word, am I right?!?! Not feeling funny? Hire a comedian! Dads and siblings are great resources for winning authentic smiles.

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Ok, maybe siblings aren’t always THAT much help.

 

But eventually, your hard work will pay off!!!! (I was mooing like a cow for this one)

Enjoy the rest of your National Smile Day and go make some smiles whether or not you are in front of a camera!!!   🙂

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