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  • March 25, 2018

We’ve all seen them: photographs of families, stiffly smiling at the camera, while the children fight the urge to run and the family pet combats the urge to dash off after a ball flying through the air.

While there is, of course, a time and a place for posed photos, there’s something remarkable and magical about candid photography – images that capture a fleeting moment in time; moments that without the click of a camera, may be forgotten. A little girl joyfully tickling her mother’s face with a wisp of her hair; a bride looking at her groom through a gauzy veil as a tear rolls down her perfectly made-up face; a father tenderly kissing the soft, pink cheek of his newborn baby.

These are the special moments that deserve to be forever captured on film – a family just being. And during my years as a photographer, I’ve learned to watch for these moments that only happen once. The dog wants to chase the ball through the park? Let’s capture that on film. The children want to wrestle in the grass amongst the wildflowers? I want to seize that moment, too. After all, these sweet, silly moments share with the world what makes a household a family.

Want to know my secret to great candid family photos? Here are a few:

1. Don’t pose. Instead, play, laugh, interact with one another as you normally would. Pretend the camera isn’t even there. That’s when the magic happens.

2. Choose locations that mean something. Does your family regularly visit the same park on Saturday mornings? Consider having your family photos taken there. Your children will be in their element and you’ll end up with photos you’ll treasure forever. You know the joy-filled smile on your son’s face as he makes his way down that slide? That’s what I’m looking for.

3. Dress in clothing you’re comfortable in. Do you normally kick around in jeans and cotton shirts? Don’t force yourself into something too formal; you won’t feel like you, and your photos won’t accurately represent who you are.

4. Have fun. Try to forget the camera is there, and just be together. Don’t be afraid to hug your babies too much, kiss your partner with abandon, laugh giddily together and play without restraint. Honour the spontaneity that children bring and embrace it wholeheartedly. Years down the road, these are the photos that will truly mean something.



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