Getting a natural smile on a child takes a little creativity. There are plenty of tips & tricks on ways to get them laughing. The best is to say something using a mix of farts, pants and Dad….you get the idea. Do not say “cheese.” Multiple suggestions have been “Fuzzy Pickles” but this just gets a confused look on the adults face. There are also squeaky toys for toddlers and feather dusters for babies. I have a friend that can make a funny sound when she takes pictures, or sings a lullaby to soothe a crying baby.
So, how do you get a horse’s attention? That was a tricky lesson I learned recently. You can’t say their name in a higher pitched voice, like you might with your dog or cat. A squeaky toy probably would have offended the horse. And saying, “Hey, look over” was just downright silly. It ended up being a simple solution, a handful of feed that I could shake would get his attention and perked up ears. I’m pretty sure I captured a couple images where the horse was saying “cheese”.
Lesson Learned: Just when you know the right things to say, you realize you don’t. Just bring snacks.