As photographers, we spend a lot of time practicing and mastering posing our subjects. While posed shots are perfectly suitable for many situations, I feel that candid shots are just as crucial to add your sessions. Candids, in a nutshell, are un-posed, genuine moments captured on camera. They bring life and personality to your images that reflect real smiles, real laughs, and real memories.
Candid shots are really useful for photographing young children. Young children are usually on the go during the entire session. Getting them to sit down and pose for an image is sometimes simply impossible. Attempting to force posed shots can lead to frustration for both you, and your subject(s). My advice is to just let them be themselves. Let them play, run, and explore. I recommend using a zoom lens so that you can stay somewhat stationary while waiting for the perfect moments to snap.
Encourage older siblings to interact with their younger brothers and sisters. Try to allow them plenty of space as not to be intimidating. Being too close and having a lens in their face can distract from genuine photo opportunities. Keep in mind, the goal is to capture natural interactions.
Candids also work well when photographing families, especially with young children. Capturing moments that show laughter, bonds, playfulness, and love will add priceless portraits to your clients' albums. Give the adults a general guidance of what you are looking for in your shot. Direct them to the general area you want them to be in based on background and snap away!
Posing is absolutely something all photographers should study and practice in their work. In fact, for many instances, it is absolutely necessary. However, consider incorporating lifestyle/candid shots in your next session when you are aiming for a non-stressful, comfortable atmosphere for both you and your clients.
All images by Sparkle Hill Photography