How to teach a toddler to smile for the camera?

There are 3,000 photos on my iPhone. With Ben smiling in it? Maybe 0.001%.

Benjamin is a happy baby but when you see his pictures, you wouldn’t think he is. He looks at the camera in that pensive kind of way. He stares at it and the idiot who always make funny stunts and high pitched voice desperate to make him smile.

Most of the time, the smiles come from the people around me. I know I look silly trying so hard.

It’s HARD to get a good picture of toddlers, and you can’t expect the perfect eye-contact and a cherubic smile every time you try. Some days it just doesn’t happen. The “some days” somehow became everyday.

I have given up on trying to make him smile for the camera.

But last night, I attempted again and … it happened.

He stared, eased up, looked at my face and copied it. Bless.

Here are some great suggestions on how to get your toddler to smile for the camera. I will definitely use some soon!

Oh and just to show how it is very easy to make him laugh – only takes a finger and I’m not even tickling him!

(Just ignore my random talking. Ok, thanks, bye!)


  1. Ben is so adorable!
    I have the exact same problem too with my daughter…and she’s 4 years old! She ALWAYS looks so serious/sad/pensive when we try to take her picture.
    I’ll look into the suggestions on the site you recommended. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take better shots of her.



  2. I watched the video over and over because your children are so adorable, and that laugh is so contagious!

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures.



  3. Look at that head of hair! It seems like just yesterday he was bald as a little cue ball ^.^ He’s getting so big! Even though you only caught one smile, I love all your pictures!

    You’ve definitely got two beautiful children my friend 🙂



  4. I love all the photos of Ben with or without a smile, but the one with the smile is just too adorable.
    The video is so precious, there is no greater sound in the world than the laughter of a child. =)



  5. This is so cute! It’s hard to get my little one to smile too, not just for the camera! Whenever we go out and people try to do something silly to make him laugh, he just looks at them suspiciously.



  6. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Outstanding work!



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