Say anything but Cheese! As a photographer, it is my goal to get a genuine smile. So when I'm taking photos I'm not asking the child to say cheese. I start a conversation with them, I ask them about their favorite things, I tell them a joke, I have their parents stand behind me an act silly, we even may bust out with a fart joke. Any genuine reaction is better than a fake smile. This is my sweet 9 year old daughter. Here....behind the scenes are the photos I took to get the one "good" photo of a genuine smile. She didn't want her picture to be taken, because I'm always putting the camera in her face, but I interacted with her. Literally I teased her and we talked about wedgies and farts, and she began laughing an even throwing rocks playfully at me. It worked.... and I got the shot I wanted and some great reaction too.