how i get them to laugh

“Anna, come sit on the coffee table so I can take a picture of your new bangs.”

“Mo-ooo-ooo-ooom, ugh.” Clomp, clomp, heavy sigh, roll eye, “Okay, do it.”

“Wait. Come on. Just one. You are so cute to me right now I want to eat you.”

Put camera up to my face.

Get blank stare.

“Anna Morgan Whitney. You little bratty brat. Fine. Don’t smile. I’m serious. DON’T SMILE. DON’T YOU DARE FREAKING SMILE OR ELSE I’M GONNA….”

snap snap snap

Giggle giggle

“Got it. You are free to go.”

Try it. It works every time. On ANY age.

Aren’t her new little bangs cute? And don’t even get me started on those lips. She didn’t get them from me.



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  1. The reverse psychology “don’t smile, don’t laugh” trick is my go-to for all family sessions. I did have one tough nut once who refused to smile even when I used it, but otherwise it always works. @danielle – the potty/poop/fart jokes always work too and even worked on my tough nut. Between those two things I’m always good to go. Tara – wonderful photos of your gorgeous girl, as usual.

  2. I do that all the time. When the boys are upset for some odd reason. Love it! And so do they. So much, they try it on me too. Works everytime. You’re right. Beautiful pictures of Anna.

  3. I cannot believe how grown up Anna is! It seems like just the other day that you were pregnant with her and I couldn’t wait to see your brand new baby scrapbook layouts. The time has gone by so fast! I’m glad that you have preserved and marked it as you have. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

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