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I was recently preparing to photograph a posed group of about twenty children at a church, and before I could give instructions, the kids began droning, “Cheeeeese! My brain screamed, “No!”.
However, I smiled and quickly said, “Say pizza!” Some did but their smiles weren’t genuine enough for my photo. I said, “Say pizza, pizza, pizza!” and I got a few giggles and more smiles.
Then I said, “Say hippopotamus pizza!” and the kids loosened up even more and began laughing and I finally got genuine smiles and mirth because of my silliness.
Parent have indoctrinated children to say “Cheese!” whenever they see a camera and it’s sometimes difficult for a professional photographer to overcome the accompanying grimace that appears painful.
Parents should avoid creating little cheese monsters by being completely prepared to take pictures before asking children to smile.
Children respond to silliness, so parents should be ready to ask children to say names of toys or cartoon characters. (I sometimes use “Googly Bear,” which I made up).
I want to evoke laughs from children, and as they wind down, I try to catch the inevitable smiles. Save the cheese for cheeseburgers.