We all know how hard it is to tempt a child to smile on cue – and it’s even harder with a newborn baby.
Which is why these photos of teeny tiny tot’s smiling dreamily have stolen our hearts. And yes, we know it's probably wind that's making them appear to smile but these pics are still seriously cute.
Capturing that moment when a newborn baby smiles isn’t a rarity for photographer Sandi Ford.
She’s learned how to get snap that picture-perfect moment for parents – and a lot of patience is involved.
“When I first started doing newborn photography, I noticed that when I was doing a normal newborn session, the baby would occasionally let out these huge grins – so infectious and I just loved it,” says Sandi.
“I have since learned to recognise the little signs that a baby is about to let out a smile and I sit there ready with the camera to catch it!”
But just incase the babies aren’t inclined to crack out a grin, Sandi’s got a few tricks up her sleeve to help make that magic moment happen.
“I have found that some babies are more smiley than others, and sometimes a little tickle on the lips or nose can bring out the big smile if I think one is lurking under the surface,” she says.
“Some people might pass these off as ‘just a bit of wind’ and in some cases that’s true. But having seen hundreds of newborns in my studio, I can tell it’s not always like that!”
Do you have any tips and tricks for making your baby smile? Let us know in the comments.