How To Get A Good Picture Of Your Children

Of all the ways to convince
your children to smile for photos,
I bet my method is best.

Just say "smile," and you'll get:

Yes, this was her smile face.

The infamous "peacing" now stands in for smiling.
But here's my dirty little secret:
Naughty words work wonders. I shouted
penis! vagina! balls! at my children
and they produced these gems:

The trick is to wait until
the first round of giggles subside
(and you'll probably want to wait
until there's no one else around).

You can totally thank me later.

***This post is part of Six Word Fridays.***


  • C (Kid Things)

    Haha! Love these, and I love your method!

  • Making It Work Mom

    Oh great idea! My kids are the worst picture models!

  • Anonymous

    Snoring with laughter and loving every photo. How gorgeous and happy they look.

  • Cheri

    too funny - just hope they don't think now that shouting those words in public is acceptable behavior!

  • Hyacynth

    Hehehe! I needed a laugh this am. Good stuff. Great Christmas card photos with a great Christmas card story, no? {I've missed your space. So glad to be returning to normalcy and visiting.}

  • TKW

    You know I'll be trying this!

  • Kelly

    I'll need reports from anyone who tries it. I promise you'll have a great story to tell! ;)

  • Amber

    Amazing! I don't think it would work with Ems and Andy just yet, but you better believe I will be using this technique soon!

  • Melissa

    I am dying laughing! This simply confirms for me that you are among the coolest moms I know.

  • Adrienne

    Where were you when my kids were little??!! I did the "cheese" thing...whoever thought of that didn't have a clue ~ you can actually tell in the photos that they're saying that silly word! Love these!

  • Sara

    We have very similar approaches to photographing children: Lots of snickering and silly words around here too ;)

  • ayala

    Kelly, great pics. I am glad no one else heard you ;)

  • Kate

    Brilliant technique.

  • BigLittleWolf

    Excellent! (And for those worried about their saying them in public - teach them a few expletives in a foreign language!)


  • Justine

    Awesome! Will keep that in mind. Except I'll have to wait until my kids actually understand what those mean ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Though the bottom pictures are truly lovely, I think I am more fond of the silly grin, but most especially Javi's peace sign. That is classic!

  • Anonymous

    hahhahaahaha! good idea!

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    This made me laugh. And I am glad you got some great pics out of it. Look at all those lovely smiles.

  • Megan (Best of Fates)

    That's hilarious - I'll have to remember that next time I photograph my friends!

  • suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter}

    bwah! you're a genius.

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