Say “Cheese”

I’m not teaching Little Bro to say “cheese” when I take his picture. I’ve learned my lesson.

My older son is a gorgeous fella (if I do say so myself) with beautiful brown eyes and the longest eyelashes you’ve ever seen, but ever since he’s been told to say “cheese” for the camera, all my pictures of him turn out like this:


Great. Instead of his handsome smile, I get Threatened Chimp. I won’t have a souvenir of what his smile was like, but I will have a record of what all 20 of his teeth looked like.

I’ll try, “Show me a happy face,” but that just results in an enthusiastic, jaw-wagging “Cheeee-yay-yay-yay-yayse“, which results in a big ol’ wide open mouth, so I get teeth AND tonsils.

Never mind. The candid ones are better anyway.



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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Kids

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    That cartoon is too funny! I think you may find it is a phase that most kids go through whether you say “cheese” or not! It is just kids finding their own pose and happy face trying to meet the expectation of the photographer. Time will tell with your little one!

  2. KD says:

    I always had a “fake” smile as a toddler, where I squeezed my eyes closed and had a huge smile across my face. My daughter also has an artificial “happy” face. It’s hard to get a natural posed picture. 🙂

  3. Janet says:

    I used to just raise my eyebrows and continue whatever I was doing. There’s a picture of me at 3 looking very surprised while pouring pretend tea.

    Many adults still have a hard time with a picture smile, too (wasn’t there a Friends episode about that?).

  4. Laurie P says:

    I don’t even say a word when I get my camera ready. I’ve been pretty lucky with the shots I’ve gotten.
    I also have a plan to try and get a video (no matter how short) a day. So far so good.

    Love the comic too! and Threatened Chimp….priceless. lol

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha too cute!!

  6. Karen E. Hill says:

    Very good artist or cartoonist. Got the gist of the issue right away.

  7. Amy Lovell says:

    hahaha my smile sucks as well. its hard to get a great smile on demand.

  8. Heidi C. says:

    This is too cute! My little guys love posing until I get the camera out and then the sillies hit!

  9. kathy downey says:

    I never ask the kids to smile,I find you end up with the strange face photo most times.I just like the natural look.Love the comic too

  10. kathy downey says:

    I love your cartoons,they always make my day !!

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