I know, I know… I’m probably gonna get some hate mail for this post. Don’t get me wrong – posed photos can be beautiful, and they’re a great way to capture kids at different ages. But…
There’s just something about a candid shot that makes me smile.
The littlest cousin not having the first clue what she’s supposed to be doing (and not really caring about doing it, either) … the next youngest doing his best to follow directions, but still too young to grasp the nuances of the pose … the oldest laughing at the bedlam going on around her …
It’s a slice of life I wouldn’t want to miss.
And of course there’s the ease factor. The shot above is sweet, but not exactly Pulitzer-worthy – in fact, it reminds me of the wedding photo in The Truman Show where Meryl has her fingers crossed (now that you’ve noticed it, you can’t un-see it, I swear!)
But to get that one sweet, posed, not-a-masterpiece image, we first had to get through all of these:
It was a challenge, to say the least, but a fairly typical scenario for us.
But the night before, I grabbed my camera and quickly snapped off a few shots – no posing, no special outfits, no silly adults trying to get young kids to look and smile (just one silly adult doing silly things that are great fun for little people).