EXACTLY HOW TO CAPTURE CANDID MOMENTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Ok, guys, I think we can all agree. No matter if you are a light and airy photographer , a dark and moody one or somewhere in between- capturing those in between, candid moments can make for the cutest photos with the best connection.
Trouble is, getting those candid moments is actually trickier than you think. I mean think about it. If you go up to a family or child and say “act candid…and go…”, what do you think will happen? Probably a whole lot of awkwardness. So how do you actually get those candid moments? Let’s find out exactly how to capture those candid moments here.
DON’T FORCE IT
There is nothing that will make your subject feel LESS candid and comfortable than trying too hard. Try your best to keep things light, bright and easy.
This is always a winner. Especially if you are working with younger kids or families. Simple games work best, you don’t have to get fancy.
Yup, it’s as simple as that. Take a walk to the next spot you want to shoot it. Have your camera ready and just grab some shots along the way as you’re walking. Or you can set the family up on a little stroll too. Show them the path you’d like them to take and then just shoot away as they go for a stroll.
HAVE SOMETHING UP YOUR SLEEVE
Literally. Have a toy or rattle easily accessible so you can capture the attention of the littlest members. Usually this will evoke curiosity and genuine smiles or wonder.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER COMEDIAN
Ok, so you don’t have to be Jerry Sienfeld or Kevin Hart, but having a few cute little one liners ready is a good idea and can instantly relax people. Trust me, the cheesier the better.
ALL ABOUT THE PROMPTS
Use simple commands or prompts to help guide your subject and make them feel more comfortable. These don’t need to be super involved. Just keep things simple.
ALWAYS BE READY
Don’t ever put your camera away. While you won’t constantly be pressing that shutter, you should be ready at any moment. Maybe someone in the group makes a funny comment or little brother stops to hug mom or big sis helps little sis up from a fall. All these little moments, while not always “technically” perfect, will make for great candid shots.
And really that’s it! Follow one (or more!) of these exact steps and you’ll quickly start capturing those beautiful candid moments in family photos.
Next time you try out one of these tips to capture candid moments, make sure to tag or message me over on Instagram so I can see how it came out! @cozyclicks