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Hey there! Let’s talk about candid photos and how best to capture your loved ones.

Candid moments are by far my favorite images to create over posed. Now don’t get me wrong it’s nice to have photos where everyone is looking at the camera but let’s face it candid photographs seem more sentimental to me.

First and foremost before I ask my four kids to line up for a photograph I assess the location and lighting.  Let me walk you through how I photographed my kids when we toured the community of Pullman that I blogged about the other day.

The Hotel Florence has this amazing wide wrap around porch that provided me with even shade depending on how I positioned my kids. When setting up this shot I decided to back light my subjects rather than have them stand with their faces to the sun.  If you look at the lighting on the porch you’ll see how spotty it is.  Now as much as I love brick in my images, the orange brick would cast an orange hue back onto my subjects (kids) so I made sure to position my kids away from the brick wall.

I decided to position my kids on the railing knowing there would be strong back-lighting but I was hoping to create a bit of lens flare.  By having my children’s back to the sun this will allow me to expose their cute faces evenly and dial in my manual settings to expose for skin.  I also made sure to put my girls in the line of light to highlight their hair since my boys have short hair and the light would end up on top of their heads and shoulders. That’s not the look I wanted.  In the photo below I positioned everyone on the same plane to make sure everyone is in focus.

Next I centered the kids on the porch out of the strong patches of light you saw in the first photo.  Again making sure everyone is on the same plane and close.

Once I got my “posed” photo out of the way, I let me kids play and that’s where I know I’ll create and get something I love!  Of course I do offer guidance in the way of talking to my kids way too much but that guarantees that I’ll get something amazing for my wall at home.

Below I asked my kids to stand on the same plane and slowly walk towards me. This task is very difficult for my kids!  Someone always ends up running to me as if it’s a contest to see who gets to mommy first.  I then have to stop them and ask them to back up and try it again.  This trick always gets my kids interacting with each other and guarantees me lots of photos with genuine laughs and goofy interaction.  I never stop shooting.

Even though my kids are not cooperating (as seen in the photos above) I never put my camera down and they can play all they want because I’ve set myself in the perfect spot when great lighting so once again I let them play occasionally reminding them to stay on the same plane.

Ok…so let’s review:

  1. Assess your location and lighting.
  2. Dial in your manual settings to expose for skin.
  3. Ask your kids to line-up on the same plane.
  4. Position yourself in a fixed stance so you’re not moving, only the kids.
  5. Ask them to play and make a game out of it.
  6. Don’t stop shooting until you’ve got something good.

Because I run this “drill” a lot with my kids they know what to expect and therefore make the best of the situation to appease mom.  Remember the saying…if mamma ain’t happy…

The candid moments I shared today are completely and truly my kids and I love that I can still hear their laughter when I look at these images.  Therefore this series of images were a complete success for me to cherish.

Thanks for stopping by.

xx ~K

 

 

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