5 (Questionable) Ways to Capture Pictures of Your Kids

Being a Mom 8

I posted this picture on Facebook over the weekend. It was met with countless "how did you manage to capture all three of them?" and "that's a miracle!" responses.

Yes, folks, after five years of unsuccessfully attempting to capture all three of my kids in the same frame, I've finally discovered the secret behind it. Well, five of them. And it's your lucky day, because I'm sharing ...

1. Use potty talk. Now, I don't encourage potty talk from my children, but nothing gets them laughing like poop words. Phrases like “fart, fart, doody, doody, poop in your face!” and “diiiiiii-a-reeeee-haaaa!” have them in hysterics, and hysterics always lead to great pictures. Just make sure they understand the notion of doing as you say, and not as you ... do(do).

2. Let them wear whatever the hell they want. If you look closely at the above picture, you'll see that Ben is wearing the PJs he slept in the night before and Lily is wearing leggings that require sunglasses should you stare straight at them. But the fact that they weren't wearing matchy-matchy outfits they hate made them that much more likely to smile.

3. Be wiling to look like an idiot. I'm willing to do just about anything to get my kids laughing. Once they're over the potty talk, I've been known to stomp around like a gorilla or dance like a complete moron in public. Embarrassing, yes. Worth it? Big time. 

4. Bribe them. I know, I know, not the best parenting ever, but I'd say 100 great shots deserve some chocolate ice cream, wouldn't you? I, for one, have always worked up an appetite.

5. Lie. Just three more, I promise, snapping away 10 shots as I count slowly from one to two. When I get to three, I'll often pretend that the camera wasn't working and need to get just one (well, 10) more. 

Admirable suggestions? Maybe not, but they will get you some great shots; I can pretty much guarantee it. And, someday, when they're looking at all of their great childhood pictures, they'll appreciate your efforts. Or just laugh at what a weirdo you were.


Image via Scary Mommy

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jalaz77 jalaz77

LOL! Yes this what I have done too. Nothing else works.

MammaSam MammaSam

I've only got one so far, and she's two and a half. hard as hell to photograph if she's not feeling cooperative (most ofthe time)... Idk how ill manage another. Lol. I just follow her around and catch her while she is playing or whatever. Take like a gazillion pics and choose the ones I like.

Coles... Coles_mom

I do all of those. :)

I have three kids and it's insanity trying to get a pic of all three...all looking at the camera...all smiling. I use the potty talk one often with pictures. It always gets the kids giggling.

LostS... LostSoul88

I do all the above

Kassi Maukstad

I got lucky. I have two girls who absolutely love being in front of the camera. they will do silly faces to model shots. Any time we have our portraits done the person will compliment me on how well they follow directions and pose. Their 4 and 5 now but even at 1 yr both would stand still and pose. My house is full of perfect pictures that capture who they are at that time in their life. I have over 5 thousand pictures on my computer of them. I have a heck of a time picking out the ones I want to hang up. though the list gives me a ton of great ideas to capture all the silly faces they make. :)

Valeri Jones

I got lucky, too. My little boy is 17 months old and he LOVES cheesing for a snapshot. I have a gazillion of him grinning.

nonmember avatar mom of 3

this list about summarizes what i do to get all 3 of mine looking at the camera and laughing. the 2nd madagascar movie usually puts them into a good mood too so i can get pictures of them during that movie too

heydo... heydooney

My kids take great pictures if I allow them to do something they normally don't get to do. We have really good ones of them standing on the kitchen table.

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