I find that my clients range in their requests for the type of photos they hope to get during my sessions, but I would say that most fall into one of two categories: They really want a lot of candid photos, with few posed, or they want a lot of posed photos rather than candid.
When my clients ask for my opinion I always recommend a balance. I know that for most people one of the most important photos is the ‘Grandma shot’.  You know the photo: the one where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling and that grandparents (and parents) display and show off with pride.
Sometimes in the race for the perfectly posed photo, the in between moments can be overlooked or forgotten.  Candid photos are unposed photos where family members are interacting with one another, acting naturally, and not necessarily smiling and looking directly at the camera. While we are spending time getting the kids to look at the camera and (hopefully) smiling we don’t want to lose the special in-between moments that may actually be the best reflection of who your child is.  These candid images capture someone’s personality without forced emotion and ultimately that’s the goal of photography: to preserve a moment in time be it a momentous occasion or who your child is at that age and stage of their life.
Sara McConnell Photography
Sara McConnell Photography
There is no one way to find the perfect photo for your family.  I always find it interesting when clients pick their photos from the gallery and how often they pick ones that I didn’t expect. But usually, it’s because there’s a candid, special moment captured.  No one plans for the little one to squish themselves into mom or dad for an extra hug during the photos, or for the laughing couple to make a joke to each other while waiting for me to say ‘smile!’.
Sara McConnell Photography
Sara McConnell Photography
Candids are also helpful for some kids or parents who are uncomfortable in front of the camera.  Not everyone can smile on command, and candid moments where there is no posing or expectations give everyone a chance to warm up and relax.
The next time you are booking professional photos, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer to focus on the in-between moments.  You may be surprised at how much you love the results.
Sara McConnell Photography
Sara McConnell Photography

Sara McConnell Photography ~ Ottawa Family Photographer