Recipe for Cuteness with Ingredients for Success


1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute child; a cute little apartment.

2. appealing and delightful; charming: What a cute toy!

3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious: The child has acquired some intolerably cute mannerisms.

4. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.



According to the dictionary, cute has four definitions. The first pertains to being ‘little’, the second points to ‘delight making’ and the third (and fourth) is about being a little clever.

True ‘cuteness’ not only has to make you go ‘Oooh!’ but also ‘Aaah!’, ‘Aw!’ And finally, ‘Naw!’

In fact, in an ideal world, you must aim for all four “Oooh-ah-aw-naw!” to truly qualify as ‘Cute’ or adorable.

If you can make all of those reactions magically happen, you have harnessed the Je ne sais quoi of ‘cuteness’ and need to give yourself a big pat on the back, publish the photo and sit back and wait for compliments.

Here is a list of ingredients you might consider using if you want to achieve the ultimate cute photo. For ease of use, I have divided these ingredients into the four reaction categories.

Be warned, these tips can result in overwhelming (almost sick-making) cuteness.

Good luck with your shoot!



Cute – Ooh!

Wear animal costume

Sit beside giant teddy bear

Crouch inside a giant flower or bucket

Wear butterfly wings

Look puzzled


Look at hands with wonder

Wear a flower garland


Cute – Aaah!

Roll around in Christmas gifts

Laugh and look upwards

Show off missing teeth

Hide under a blanket

Play with a roll of toilet paper

Hold a little fart in

Play peek a boo

Suck thumb

Screw up face


Cute – Aw!

Hold a little flower

Pat a puppy

Snuffle a rabbit

Wear vintage bonnet

Smile slightly and look downwards at toes

Hold toes white sitting down with one leg out

Wear a tutu

Eat lemon and photograph reaction


Cute – Naw!

Spill tea at a tea party

Hug a bear with a missing eye

Poke tongue out


Eat food and mush it all over face

Wear spaghetti as a hat


Wrap with light weight muslin cloth



Now how did you get on?

No luck?

Maybe try using a baby or a small animal instead. Hee hee.

Did you think we were giving baby photography tips? Re-read this post with yourself in mind and you can understand how hard it is to harness ‘cute’ even with all the right methods. 😉


we had a fun photoshoot trying to harness ‘cute’ with the aid of a wooden worm toy.

It’s much, much, much easier with babies…


P.S. Check out Tiny Turtles Baby Search: Cutie Pie In the Sky Competition – they are on the scout for little cuties to be the new faces of Tiny Turtles Bonds Clothing 2014!



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