Photographing a genuine smile! | Round Rock Family Photographer

As a photographer, I dread hearing people say, "Say cheese!" while I'm trying to photograph families and children.  They are honestly trying to help, but in the end, I get one of these weird smiles like this (and this is my own kid!).

Definitely not a genuine smile! He was probably thinking if I just smile nice I'll get this over with. Alas, it didn't work and I ended up with a crazy smile.

Definitely not a genuine smile! He was probably thinking if I just smile nice I'll get this over with. Alas, it didn't work and I ended up with a crazy smile.

One of the best compliments I received from someone was when they told me, 'You just seem to capture the real person, someone's genuine being.  Not just a smile and nice picture.'  I about swooned when I heard it because that is exactly my goal!

I want to capture a person's character... their genuine happiness.  That's what I'm about.

I don't want to just hand someone pretty pictures with people smiling on them.  I want to hand them gorgeous, not just pretty, family photos with true emotion and personality.

Each one of use is unique.  Every child and person I photograph has their own personality.  Some kids are just serious.  Some kids are happy-go-lucky and have nothing but smiles.  It's finding out how to capture them uniquely that gives me great joy.

 

Here are a few quick tips I use to capture a genuine smile on children anyone can use!

 

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  1. Don't ever ask a person to say cheese.  Just don't.  They always look awkward.  (see photo above)
  2. Ask them to finish this sentence, "We all scream for _________!"  They'll scream ice cream and start giggling!
  3. Tell them not to smile in a very serious voice, then just keep repeating yourself.  9 times out of 10 they start smiling and giggling after about the 4th time I've told them not too.
  4. As them to jump, twirl, sing their favorite song!  Children love being active and showing off for people.

I won't sit here and tell you this works all the time, but most of the time it does!  Try it for yourself when you're out photographing your own family life!

A quick announcement!

Fall Mini-Sessions are open for booking in October and November 2018!  Fall Mini-Sessions include 15 minutes and 8 high resolution digital photos for $150.  Contact me to book yours today!  emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com or 512-853-0899

 

Emily Ingalls is a professional photographer residing in Round Rock, Texas.  She specializes in family and children's portraiture, lifestyle newborn sessions, and commercial lifestyle and publication.  Emily serves the Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown and surrounding Central Texas area.

Family and Senior Photo Session | Round Rock, TX

School is almost out for the summer!  And honestly, it can't come fast enough.  As a mom, I'm done making lunches, making sure homework gets done, waking children up in the morning, etc.  I'm ready for a slightly less hectic schedule.

Check with me in the middle of June and I'll probably be ready to send the kids back! :)

I had the pleasure of photographing this family, who happens to have a senior at Round Rock High School this year.  They were a fun family to photograph.  The boys were all making each other laugh.  And Mom and Dad had no problem acting a little silly.  All-in-all, it was one of those photography sessions I won't forget any time soon.

Family Photo Shoot | Round Rock, TX

Family generation photo sessions are something I love to photograph.  When I get can three or more generations in one photo, it makes the session special for me.

Wondering why it means so much to me?

Mainly because I love the photos I have of myself, my mom, and my grandma.  There aren't a lot of them, so cherish the ones I do have.  Even if it's just snap shot (like the one from my bridal luncheon many moons ago), I love it.  My grandma is getting older; she turned 93 this year.  And as much I want her to stay around for awhile longer, there's no promise she will.  So I make every effort to hold onto those precious memories I have of her.

I photographed three generations in this photo session, and I know this family will cherish them for some time to come.  Plus, I was able to photograph a Labradoodle who was huge but the sweetest dog!

Nothing quite like holding up/throwing a wet tennis ball to get a dog's attention with a camera in the other!  It was definitely not a first and I'm sure won't be the last!  Enjoy this family photo session!

Round Rock Senior Photography

I've been showing a couple of sneak peeks of a High School Senior I photographed a couple weeks ago in downtown Round Rock.  You've also heard me talk about how high school seniors these days are gorgeous.  Well, they really are.

Seriously when I was in high school, I was that nerdy, awkward girl.  You know how most teens go through an 'ugly or awkward' stage in high school?  Well, I was lucky enough to have mine last 3 whole years!  I had a bad perm going on (thanks for talking me into that Mom!), a mouth full of braces (thankfully I only had to wear headgear at night), and glasses.  Yes, I wasn't allowed to get contacts until the end of my freshman year.  Those photos of me are forever hidden from sight.

High school seniors these days blow me away!  Half of them look like they're in college, then get them in front of a camera, and I promise they look like full blown models!  I'm sorta jealous they look that gorgeous, and I looked like a frizzed out wreck.

Enough with my ramblings about my weird high school stage.

I was lucky enough to photograph this Round Rock Senior in Downtown.  She was beautiful, and so easy to photograph!  I think she rocked her Senior photos!  And a big congratulations on graduating high school!