Get your little one to look at the camera

by Jessi Weithman Posted on October 26, 2009

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“Look up, look here, say cheeeese… look at the camera puh-lease.” We beg, we plead, we dance around like crazy people and when it comes right down to it, cameras are not appealing to little people. They are not colorful, they do not have eyes, and they are always popping up and obstructing the faces that your little one loves the most…yours! Toss in a Halloween night when there are so many other things to look at and how will you ever get your little duck to look up at the camera?

Here’s a little trick I use on sessions with my clients. Make a costume just for your camera!  A quick piece of elastic, some extra fabric from the costume making, a couple of googly eyes and your camera will be shouting “Quack, quack look at me!” This trick works best when it is unexpected, so keep it stashed in your back pocket until the right moment.

Not up for sewing? Before my crafty mom made my set that includes a duck, owl and tiger, I experimented with sticking eyes to hair scrunchies to wrap around the lens. For smaller cameras, you can wrap a tie around the body of the camera.

This trick will work year round. I’m thinking I need a reindeer in my collection, or maybe a little Santa with a beard and a hat.

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  1. rsheedy Says:

    What a great idea! Fun and clever. Beautiful shot of your own duck, too. :)

  2. Sam F Says:

    That is a great tip. I was jumping around like a crazy person to get my three kids to smile last week…

  3. TonetteB Says:

    JESSI,
    YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! I LOVE THIS IDEA OF DECORATING YOUR CAMERA TO CAPTURE LITTLE ONES ATTENTION!!!! MY 2.5 YEAR OLD NEPHEW USED TO BE MY PERFECT LITTLE MODEL UP UNTIL ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO AND I’M CHASING HIM AROUND SNAPPING LIKE CRAZY HOPING TO HAVE A HANDFUL OF PHOTOS BY THE END OF THE VISIT!!! THIS IS PERFECT TIMING!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY IT OUT WITH MY 2.5 YEAR OLD NEPHEW MASON!!! THANKS SO MUCH YOUR ARTICLE IS SO HELPFUL! YOUR SON IS SO ADORABLE! I LOVE THE PHOTOS!!! :)

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    I love it!! You could market this idea! …ps…What type of lens do you have on your Canon and what do you use for portraits?

  5. Joey Says:

    Jessi – this is brilliant!! Like Ann said you could market this idea. I’m with Toni, my niece is also 2.5 years old and NEVER looks at th camera. In fact, she now says No JoJo – or Stoppp!! Sometimes i catch her, but i have to keep snapping and sometimes i get lucky.
    My camera has a bright orange light, so when I press down it is bright. I try to be quick,
    Thanks Jessi for this article.

  6. Tiffany M Says:

    How funny! I love it… and have to give it a try. My 2 yr old will NOT look at the camera… ever! Awesome suggestion and I am definately going to work on this!

  7. shannonr Says:

    This is such an awesome and creative idea. I will surely be trying this this summer. What a great little tip and something that can be soooo useful. Thanks!

  8. kellycantwell Says:

    this is a FANTASTIC tip — thank you! so, is your mom selling these costumes for cameras on etsy or where can i get one??? :)

  9. onehappyfamily Says:

    Great idea! I found an etsy site that sells them: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyAcresFarm?ref=seller_info

  10. TammyM5 Says:

    This is a fantastic idea, I love it! Whenever I am trying to get my little gbaby to look at the camera I say “Look at the doggies” she looks, lol, it works but not for long! I will for sure be doing this! Thanks to you Jessi, CREATIVE GENIUS!

more about Jessi Weithman

I love being a mom! I adore my boys, and take too many pictures of them... this I know. While I flirted with photography for many years, the day my oldest son was born was the day my passion for photography was fully charged. I started taking pictures of my friends little ones and now run a small professional photography business called Everyday Studios. I love working with families to help preserve memories in the form of albums and artwork. Jessi Weithman jessi.weithman at gmail.com blog.everydaybabystudios.com PS. Many people ask about my equipment... I'm a Canon girl.

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