How do I get candid photos of my kids?

July 6, 2016

So, let me set the scene for you. Â You are going through all of the pictures you just received from your photographer. Â They all look pretty good. Â But then you stumble upon a picture of your son or daughter laughing at something that was happening off camera. Â This picture immediately makes you laugh all over again, and reminds you of that exact moment you were laughing in the first place.

This is what’s known as a candid photo.  It’s a photo in which there are no “poses”, and all the actions are completely unplanned.  Candid photos can sometimes have more power than any other picture you’ve ever taken.

Don’t get me wrong, posing for pictures is absolutely great.  There are qualities to them that we all love but nothing compares to that great candid shot.  How many times have you looked at a photograph and been in tears laughing, remembering something someone was doing at the time?  Well I can guarantee you that 9 times out of 10, it was an unplanned shot.

I know you’re probably thinking, “Okay, we understand what a candid photo is, what is your point?”  The point is, is that you should always have your camera ready to capture that unplanned moment of greatness.  In a lot of cases, you sometimes won’t even realize you got a good candid until later, when you are going back through all of your photos.

So get out there, take pictures of people in all walks of life, just doing their normal routines.  Start looking for those shots that best fit the feel and reality of the environment in which the photo was shot.  By doing this, you’ll find that your photos have much more life to them.  People will find much more joy in looking at them as well.  Catch that unplanned moment!

By Mathew Browne, St. Charles Creve Coeur Camera