Dad goes viral after yelling ‘POOP’ to get his son to smile in photos

‘You’ve mastered parenting!’ Dad goes viral after admitting he yelled out ‘POOP’ to get his young son to flash a natural smile in photos on his first day of school

  • Adam Perry, 37, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took to Twitter on September 14 to share two side-by-side photos of his preschool-age son posing for the camera 
  • The author explained that he told him to ‘smile’ for the first picture and then yelled out ‘poop’ for the second while highlighting the difference between them
  • Perry’s son looks adorable in both snapshots, but he has a more natural open-mouth grin in the second image, and all because his dad made him laugh 
  • His post has gone viral and has received nearly 300,000 likes in one week, with many parents praising him for the brilliant trick 

A father is being praised by other parents after sharing his brilliant trick for getting his son to smile naturally in photos — and all it takes is yelling out the word ‘poop.’ 

Children’s book author Adam Perry, 37, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took to Twitter on September 14 to share two side-by-side photos of his preschool-age son posing for the camera on his first day of school. 

‘My son when I tell him to smile vs when I yell out “poop!”‘ he tweeted. 

Adam Perry, 37, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took to Twitter on September 14 to share two side-by-side photos of his preschool-age son posing for the camera

Adam Perry, 37, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took to Twitter on September 14 to share two side-by-side photos of his preschool-age son posing for the camera

Adam Perry, 37, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took to Twitter on September 14 to share two side-by-side photos of his preschool-age son posing for the camera

The author explained that he told him to 'smile' for the first picture and then yelled out 'poop' for the second while highlighting the difference between them

The author explained that he told him to ‘smile’ for the first picture and then yelled out ‘poop’ for the second while highlighting the difference between them

Perry’s son looks adorable in both snapshots, but his smile is slightly strained in the first image. In the second, he has a more natural open-mouth grin, and it’s all because his dad made him laugh. 

The writer’s post has gone viral and has received nearly 300,000 likes in one week. Fans have taken to the comments to applaud him for the technique, which a number of parents found to be helpful. 

‘You’ve mastered parenting,’ one person wrote, while another joked: ‘Ha! You should be a school photographer.’

Perry's son looks adorable in both snapshots, but he has a more natural open-mouth grin in the second image, and all because his dad made him laugh

Perry’s son looks adorable in both snapshots, but he has a more natural open-mouth grin in the second image, and all because his dad made him laugh

'My son has the funniest smile when he's trying too hard,' the dad told GMA. 'I learned at some point that if I just yelled out "POOP" and snapped the picture quick, it worked out way better'

‘My son has the funniest smile when he’s trying too hard,’ the dad told GMA. ‘I learned at some point that if I just yelled out “POOP” and snapped the picture quick, it worked out way better’

‘So that’s the secret to getting a good picture,’ someone else added. 

Others were inspired to share how they get their own children to smile for pictures, and some even included photos. 

Perry opened up about the viral post in an interview with Good Morning America, saying they always take pictures on the first day of school. 

However, on that particular day, they were in a hurry and having a hard time getting a good shot. 

Perry's post has gone viral and has received nearly 300,000 likes in one week, with many parents praising him for the brilliant trick

Perry’s post has gone viral and has received nearly 300,000 likes in one week, with many parents praising him for the brilliant trick

‘My son always has the funniest smile when he’s trying too hard,’ he explained. ‘I learned at some point that if I just yelled out “POOP” and snapped the picture quick, it always worked out way better.

‘In this case, it was a pretty dramatic comparison, so I thought I’d share it,’ added. 

Perry’s post has since gone viral on Reddit, Instagram, and Facebook. He admitted he only ‘expected five to 10 people to like it’ — and then it took off. 

‘This post must have really resonated with people, and I’ve gotten tons of messages from people that are using this trick and getting great pictures of their kids, which to me, is the best part of all this,’ he told GMA. 

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