Today’s feeds are filled with so many perfectly posed and filtered images that it truly shocks us when we see something candid. For ages we’ve been told to look at the camera, say “cheese” and be happy with the results–or be upset when not everyone is looking. And nine times out of ten when you demand a smile, you get a fake one that’s forced and uncomfortable.
We seem to be trending toward a more realistic environment, though, with things like Live videos, #MakeupFreeMonday, etc. There’s just something so real and relatable about these moments that weren’t planned for…totally improv, taking the leap and hoping you land on your feet; because most of us don’t have much experience in front of a camera, which is totally fine! It’s my job to make you feel comfortable there.
I strive to incorporate these genuine moments into every session of mine, because that’s reality. That’s what puts the life in Lifestyle, to be super cheesy 😉
Whether it’s a goofy laugh, a sincere moment between an engaged couple, the crowd going wild or a quiet fireside chat; I want to capture the full range of emotion, not just a pretty picture.
What’s so rewarding about these moments is that they’re fleeting and truly can’t be duplicated. I get a glimpse into your life and why it’s unique.
I credit my Photojournalism background for this way of thinking, but I’ve also adapted to form a hybrid of posed and candid. I’ll often have my subject(s) act something out. If it’s a couple, I’ll have them walk hand in hand, or have him brush the hair out of her face, which is still a more natural look than if I had posed them.
This is a big reason why I love shooting events. It allows me to throw on my zoom lens and be a fly on the wall, watching every moment unfold before me and picking out which ones will define it. To me, nothing beats the energy and life in a candid photo!!