Video: How To Get Kids To Smile For A Photo And why bribery gets hilarious results.

Ok, confession. I find it challenging to get a good photo of my kids smiling at the camera. As much as I love photojournalistic images of them, sometimes I just want them to look at me with a natural smile, darnit!

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Family Self-Portraits with Oliver!

The past three weeks as a family of four have been fantastic. It can be chaotic for sure, and it seems like the time we spend on tasks like tidying the house or taking baths has somehow quadrupled. But getting to enjoy a newborn again, while seeing Max just love him to pieces, is filling up the days with all sorts of joy.

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How To Take Your Own Family Portraits

There are times when it’s really handy to take a group self-portrait, and with a few simple tips, it’s easy to do too!

Over the years we’ve done quite a few self-portrait sessions, when we travel or for things like holiday cards. We even photographed our own wedding! (But that’s a story for another post…) Through it all we’ve learned how to get great results, and make the whole process easier and more fun.

So in this post I’ll share how we went about taking some family self-portraits during a recent vacation to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai, and some tips you can use to take your own family photos!

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51 Ways to Get People To Smile for a Photo

 

You could just ask them to smile. “Say cheese!” Photographers do it all the time. And (assuming they aren’t toddlers or teenagers) your subjects will probably comply.

But there’s a big difference between the fake smile they’ll plaster on their face for you, and a real, genuine, spontaneous smile – one that came about because they actually were happy, not because they were told to pretend.

I have a feeling that you’re the type of photographer who wants to go for that real smile. You’re awesome like that.

Now getting people to that place where they’re naturally smiling is an art, and one that takes a lot of energy, practice, and persistence.

After photographing hundreds (if not billions) of people, and making a general fool of myself, I’ve compiled 51 ways that I’ve personally used to successfully achieve the genuine smile.

And today I give them to you, in hopes of more happy photos in world! Hooray!

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7 Things Yousuf Karsh Can Teach You About Photography

You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his work.

The images of portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh, are everywhere. You’ll find them on book jackets, bank notes and postage stamps, and of course, in art galleries and photography books too.

Over his 67-year career, Karsh photographed some of the most notable thinkers, artists, entertainers and leaders of the 20th century, using a lighting technique he himself pioneered. You know those iconic portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway (just to name a few)? Those are Karsh.

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