Family pictures not only capture the moment like nothing else, but they also document our lives over the years. Tired and bored of the same old posed family portraits? Then aim for spontaneous instead of perfect pictures! The real magic happens when you take candid shots of those you love.
Aside from being prepared at all times to take those spontaneous shots, it’s key to learn about basic lighting and composition tips. Try different angles, avoid back lit situations and always try to be in front of your subject. With young children especially, it pays off to make the most out of natural lighting and to avoid using a flash whenever possible.
Why are candid pictures so great? They show true emotions. For some reason, any time we pose, we become self-conscious and aware of being observed. Our behavior changes and we try to control our emotions. The true joy of getting those unplanned, non-staged pictures is that we can really immortalize the feelings and emotions of that minute. Pictures seem more honest and therefore, more beautiful.
7 Tips to get spontaneous pictures of your children
How can you get the best pictures of your children without having them pose? Here are some great tips:
- Always have a camera with you. You never know when something funny or unexpected will happen, especially during the holidays and the winter break.
- Location, location, location. Be in front of your subject to capture their facial expression. If they are in front of a window and backlit, change your position and experiment taking the picture from the side.
- Anticipate what can happen. Wake up before your kids and wait for them by the tree on Christmas morning so you can take pictures of when they open their gifts. During a family meal, have your camera ready when dessert comes and capture your loved ones’ faces while enjoying their treats.
- Play with your kids. Let them enjoy their toys and then start snapping up pictures of them having fun, laughing, giggling, and figuring out how things work. You can also take pictures of children interacting with their blankies, pacifiers or stuffed animals to always remember their lovies.
- Don’t miss the action. Set your camera to the continuous shooting mode so you have a series of everything that happens, especially during a family game, when children are playing or during a snowball fight.
- Strive for emotion, not for perfection. Think in terms of what the picture can tell you, the emotions it can convey. Sometimes if you keep waiting for everything to be perfect, you will lose the real sense of what is going on.
- Get the pictures you need and then simply have fun. Take pictures of what happens after your loved ones stop posing for photos. Quite often, those are the funniest and most endearing ones.
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