One of the things I love to do as a photographer and a mom is to wait and capture natural eye contact.
As a photographer, I've found that most of my clients don't actually want posed photos, but they do want photos of their kids smiling naturally and looking at the camera.
And as a mom, there's nothing more gratifying that waiting patiently for the right moment when your child looks over at you (and they WILL - I promise) and you capture natural eye contact and a genuine smile or expression that truly captures their personality.
You don't get this by asking your kids to "smile and say cheese!"
I encourage my photosanity workshop participants to go for something more natural by making sure your kids have something to do that they enjoy and can get engrossed in, and then, if you have to get their attention at all, interacting with them so that they smile or laugh without you actually asking them to.
Try it - you might be surprised!
Interested in more photo tips? I'll be announcing a new 4 week version of the photosanity workshop on Thursday, perfect if you want easy, instantly applicable tips so that you can start taking better photos right away, and if you're not sure if you want to commit to the longer 12 week workshop I've been offering. This blog post covers just one small topic from an entire lesson in the workshop on getting your children to cooperate for photos!
Sign up for the free photosanity webinar with my top 5 tips on taking better photos of your kids... and you'll also be the first to know when the 4 week workshop opens for sign-ups!
nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!