One of my very favorite candids of Fable
This goes back to Tuesday's post re: why carrying a point and shoot is one of the very best things you can do for your family. Seriously!
I have tens of thousands of photographs of my kids through the years. 99.9% of them are candids because I don't believe in posed photos. In fact? I hate them. They say nothing about a person, a family, an experience - they tell no story. They bore me to tears.
Every Olan Mills portrait I appeared in between the ages of five and fifteen, I look like an insane person. (ED: How Shirley Temple cute was my sister?)
And can we talk about my mom for a second? Because, WOW, Wendy.
I mean, girl was MY AGE in that picture. She looks about 72. With an Eric LaSalle inspired Jerry Curl. (My mom's response to that comment: "REBECCA! That was the STYLE! Everyone looked like that! I was so hip! I love Coming to America!)
As a child I never wanted to say cheese and I hated smiling for strangers. I still feel uncomfortable in front of strangers' cameras (not that I'm ever really in front of them) so I figure, if I'M not a fan of posing on the beach barefoot in jeans and a white button-down, how can I expect my kids to be into it?
I don't even bother trying. And? That's how I get decent candids of my kids. By taking, well, candids of my kids. Asking them to "smile!" is reserved for sporadic occasions, like posing in front of a bunch of roses in the front yard.
So here's my (very professional) how-to on taking great candids of your kids. And? Go:
Four Tips for Great Candids
1. Take twenty photos of your kids (every day) for the rest of your life.
2. Never once ask them to pose, smile, acknowledge the camera. (Eventually they will forget its even there! Seriously!)
3. If twenty photos of your kids isn't getting the results you'd like? Take thirty.
4. If that doesn't work, take forty.
And that about wraps it up! I know, right? Questions? Concerns? Comments about my mom's rockin' mullet? Go for it. And, if you're one of the first SIX comments (please include contact info!) on this post, Shutterfly will hook you up with a free 8x8 photo book! So you can build your own candid collection! Or you can print out the above family photos and photoshop mustaches on all of us!
So, comment away! Quickly! Ready NOW!