Sometimes no matter how hard mom, dad, or the photographer try, a kid just doesn’t want to smile for the camera. I once had this happen to me when my son was 3 and we were getting professional photos. No matter what we tried to bribe him with, we could not get one single smile the entire session. However, when we got the photos back, I loved them. We don’t go through life smiling and happy all the time, so why should all of our photos only show that side? Whether you kid smiles or not, the photos can be just as beautiful because the serious side captures part of their personality as well, and there is real beauty in that authenticity.