I’m not a fan of posed photos. I try to avoid them as much as possible! What I want to capture is real life, as it happens. When Kieran is engrossed in doing something, I don’t want him to stop to give me a cheesy grin, I want to capture the real smile or other expression on his face. Here’s how I do that.
Catch him in action
This requires preparedness. Make sure you have your camera handy, and set to sports mode or a fast shutter speed. Now wait until your child is engaged in a fast moving or fun activity. You will need to take several photos, but I guarantee you will end up with some pricelss shots.
Like this one:
or this one:
Start a conversation
On the rare occasions that I take a posed photo, this is what I get.
Look familiar? That is the fakest smile ever!
To avoid the “this is my cheesy camera smile” phenomenon, I start engaging him in conversation. It could be about the activity we’re currently doing, or just any topic I know he will enjoy. As we chat, I keep snapping. Invariably I end up with a perfect natural smile.
This was the scenario when I took Back-to-School photos last week.
First some monkeying around:
Then as we chatted about the fist day of school and other things he relaxed and I got this prize
Play a game
If all else fails, there’s always peekaboo! At five Kieran will still laugh uproriously at this game, as evidenced by this little photo session next to a tree.
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Do you have any tips for getting gorgeous candid photos of your kids?