I have been asked many many times "how do you get all of your kids to look at the camera? How do you get them to smile?" It is all luck my friends. But here are a few things I've learned.
1. Only attempt to take a picture of multiple kids if you're relaxed, they're fed, and it isn't anyone's naptime.
2. It won't always work. For every great picture of my kids together, I have 20 that look horrible. Be willing to try another time.
3. Let them be as natural as possible. Don't force them to pose too much because someone isn't going to be comfortable and it will show. Do get them close together, but don't put so much effort into making it "perfect" that they get bored. Then you won't get any picture at all.
5. Take TONS of pictures. Just shoot and shoot and shoot. I saved these three to use in this post (and this last one to use in general because it was exactly what I wanted) but I took close to 25. Digital photography is wonderful...I get to ditch what I don't want.
7. Praise them for a job well done. If it ends on a happy note they're more willing to work for you the next time.
What do you do? I'd love to hear your thoughts as I am always learning!
*I was taking pictures today for my MIL. She gave the kids these clothes for Easter. Yup, it took me that long to get a good picture. Either the kids weren't into it or someone's outfit wasn't washed. For awhile we couldn't find Snug's shirt (he had tossed it into a tub that held winter clothes). Today was the day. I was really happy with the result.