What tricks do you use to get your subjects to smile when taking their photograph?
Across Europe, the most common expression heard when someone is taking a snap is “Say Cheese!” to which the perfect response is the wide, toothy grin made when the subject of the photo replies “Cheese!” Although it’s an English phrase, this is used in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden, to name but a few.
But does “Cheese!” really produce the best smile? Gathering the most popular ‘photo phrases’ from over 26 countries, we decided to put them to the test, and find out which nation holds the secret to the perfect smile…
We used our D3x to photograph a model saying each national phrase, and asked award-winning Danish portrait photographer, Peter Skjold Peterson, to judge the results.
Here are his top 5 phrases for making the perfect photo smile
1. Oustiti – France (‘little monkey’)
2. Famiglia – Italy (‘family’)
3. Patatas – Spain (‘potatoes’)
4. Marmolada – Poland (‘marmalade’)
5. Zeg Eens Kaas – Holland (‘say cheese’)
We hope you like the following five photos which were taken in quick succession while our model said ‘Oustiti’ (wee – stee – tee).
Peterson explains: “As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to find ways to get my subjects to give me a wide, relaxed smile, which helps to lift their features and put a twinkle in their eyes. ‘Ouistiti’ helps to place the tongue behind the teeth, which makes for a better photo.”
What words do you use to get your subjects to generate the perfect smile? Or do you have any other ways of making them beam? Let us know!