While we can never guarantee a smile during a newborn photography session, sometimes we are lucky enough to capture one. Some might say it is gas or a newborn reflex that is physical, but we are quite happy to call it the real deal. What is sweeter and more memorable than a newborn baby smiling at just a few days old?
I like to think that i have mastered the art of capturing baby smiles. I have seen more than a few and after years of taking baby photos, there are a few tricks that I have up my sleeve to help the grinning process move along. Of course, it often happens on a whim but with a great deal of patience, speed and attention. These 4 tricks can sometimes help the process along resulting in the sweetest of baby smiles!
1. Gently blow light air around their face. Sometime a little tickle of air will encourage a little grin to appear!
2. Ever so slightly, tickle around the baby’s cheeks and very gently encourage one corner of the lip upwards. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the rest of the mouth will smile along.
3. Ask mum to gently whisper in the baby’s ear – a familiar voice sharing a few sweet whispers can be all it takes to encourage a cheeky little grin.
4. Be patient and wait for the right cycle of sleep. babies REM cycle (the light, easily disturbed sleep) it is relatively short and they tend to smile when they’re entering and exiting this stage of sleep. If you pay attention you can see the signs, Baby will start to breathe a bit heavier. Their eyes will flicker behind their closed eyelids. Often baby will frown, grimace, even pinch their lips a bit. All of these slight facial movements indicate baby is drifting in and out of that cycle of sleep and a smile may be very near!
Again, we can never guarantee that baby will gift us with a grin, but if we are lucky enough to capture one it can present us with the most beautiful priceless image.