Smiling Naturally in Photos, A Humorous How-To

Smiling naturally in photos is a challenge for many people. Even if you avoid the all-too-common “say cheese” mistake, that’s still no guarantee that you’ll come off looking good. So here’s a fully little video that offers some useful tips for those of us who (like Chandler) can’t seem to look even remotely natural when a camera is pointing our way.

The tips from start to finish include: say a word that ends in “uh” instead of “cheese,” laugh while the photo is being taken, lift the tip of your tongue up behind your front teeth, and relax your face (with the exception of your mouth and the corners of your eyes). Happy natural smiling!

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Paul Melo

    Funny. And useful.

  • ennuipoet

    When I am wrangled into taking a posed photo I always use a fake out countdown to get a natural expression. I compose, pose and tell my subject I am going snap at five, I start the countdown and shoot on two, then finish the count to five. I find most people smile naturally at the beginning and get weird when they think the shutter is about to go. Shooting on two gets a natural smile. Even with a flash, and a couple of shots people still “fall” for it.

  • Mike

    BokAh?! How many times have we been through this?!

  • Mansgame

    Very useful

  • Vicki DeVico

    When my grandchildren were really young, I used to tell them to say “sassafras” when I wanted to take a photo of them…this started a round of giggles that produced some great shots!

  • nikonian

    say a word that ends in “uh” instead of “cheese…. That doesn’t work unless you are smiling when you do it…

  • John C

    Forget where I heard it – eons ago – for adults – ask them to think of the dumbest/goofiest thing they did in school. It may take a second or three – but it usually results in a good shot.

  • Leonardo Abreu


  • Gif

    Who cares?

  • EdnTroy

    Having them say “beer” gives them that little giggle and a natural smile.