As kids grow, it gets more challenging to get natural smiles. Somehow, once they turn five, they start to give you a "cheese" smile when they stand in front of the camera. That being said, it is really important to learn ahead of time what makes the kid happy, what makes him or her smile, what things he or her gets excited about. This information, along with a proper studio setup is key to a successful photo session.
The set up for this session was rather simple. To the right, I used a studio light with a softbox as the main light, a reflector on the left to fill some light and a light with an umbrella directed to the backdrop to create some separation between the kid and the backdrop.