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How many guesses can I have, Bob?
It's not a 100% rule, but very few children can give a real smile when they are told to "smile."
As you know, it's much better for someone or something to engage them- and then shoot when you like what you see.
If you want a real smile from a kid- do or say or show them something that makes them smile. Be ready- and be quick.
(Note: when I was taking 60-year+ Americans on tour through China, and couples would ask me to take their pictures with their cameras, I always got smiles when I told them to "think about sex." This might not work with children .)
Although you might ask a girl like this, "What's your husband's name?" Or something equally silly. After one such question, the child would probably be anxiously waiting for another- with a real smile already forming in anticipation. And have several equally silly questions ready. Timing is everything. Play the tyke like a guitar.
Bob Jarman wrote:
Thank you Charlie,
Appreciate your comments - glad you enjoyed it.
Were I to ask which of the two Mom was encouraging a "smile, show your dimples", bet you can guess the one.