I just let Kyle play and move freely, and then I snap photos of him in their natural state. And when I want him smile in front of the cam, this warning usually works: “Kyle, don’t you dare smile at mom. If your teeth will show you’re out of the game!” It’s a trick I’ve read from a parenting website online. And the trick usually works. The moment he smiles, click! Authentic smile captured!
1. That timing is everything. If I want to capture the motion/emotion of my kid, I need to be quick and always camera-ready!
2. That asking my kid to pose in front of the camera will not always work. It’s better to just let him play and move freely, and let him be a kid because he is a kid!
3. That I should go down to his level. It’s better to take pictures from his own perspective!