The Family Photo from a Dentist’s Perspective

Pretty Smiles for the family photo

Do you spend a great deal of holiday time stressing, not about Christmas shopping, tree decorating, or cookie baking, but simply on how you are going to get your kids or grandkids, or even your husband, to smile at your annual family photo session? Many moms feel frazzled during the holiday season, trying to achieve that one perfect family photo. After all, they have spent all year helping to ensure their kids get the oral care they need, to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. If you are looking for ways to help ensure your next family photo outing is a success, try some tips from someone who knows a lot about smiles – your family dentist!

Help Kids Smile Naturally by Limiting Stress

One thing you can do to help ensure photographic success, is try to keep calm and encourage everyone to enjoy the time together, as a family, rather than stressing – and over emphasizing the importance of getting a “perfect” picture. (Often outtakes are fun and sometimes more wonderful keepsakes than the more formal stuff, anyways. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, or your family, to get a perfect image. Instead, keep the focus on having fun!

Don’t Force the Cheese

Many kids have a tendency to over smile, or look strained, when posing for pictures. So rather than having the photographer request they smile, why not aim to make them smile, naturally, instead. From tickling them, to telling corny jokes, you likely know a lot of ways to make them laugh. This is often the best way to get genuine smiles on camera, too. It’s also a great chance for a photographer to capture your whole family in candid moments of silliness and joy. So have fun!

Make Sure Your Smiles Are Ready for Their Close-Up

Of course, you also want to make sure everyone’s smiles look awesome on the day of your photos. If you’ve been diligent about dental care, you are already well on your way to making this happen.

For yourself and your spouse, you might consider professional teeth whitening/bleaching prior to your session, particularly if your teeth are looking deeply discolored. Also, be mindful of what lipstick shade you’re choosing. Some make teeth look brighter, while others can actually cause the smile to look darker or more discolored.

Also, for your husband and kids, consider giving them each an untinted lip balm the day of the session. Dry lips can sometimes show up in photos, so combat this (and increase their comfort) by giving them each a neutral balm.