Avoid “posing” Children do not sit in one place for a long time. They are active and moving. Keep your session this way also. Constantly be moving with your clients. You may be able to position or pose the couple where you want them, and then encourage the child to move around – walking, twirling, etc.
Candid photos study human behavior and tell a story. They are a vision of a moment in time... telling a story as the moment unfolds(Fullana). A traditional staged or portrait shot cannot tell a story nor give any insight to the viewer on the subjects true character. The way they are able to study human nature makes them universal. You can find the kind of true character that a candid elicits in an image of yourself your grandpa a baby all the same. Such universality cant be applied to most…
Kayla Maltese is a newborn and family photographer with a storytelling/documentary style currently based in the Netherlands. She loves tattoos, a good cup of coffee and is a little bit more than obsessed with Harry Potter. She leads a spectacularly normal life and has made it her personal goal to photograph the mundane without boring her viewers.
Homeless man asked me what I was doing, I said taking pictures of interesting things. He said, you're not taking pictures of me are you, I said no no... He said, "I haven't had my picture taken in 40 years."I said, well that's not good, you don't have any history of yourself over that time. All of a sudden, he took off his cap stood in front of me and said, "go ahead, take my picture".I said sure... and here it is. (Photographer Mark M)
Excellent advice on why photographers need style boards for clients. I'm thinking about sharing mine.... “Doing all the research beforehand is the most important part,” says Jim. “That’s what sets good photographers [in this field] apart. Instead of throwing in the stylist or makeup artist to do all the work, I show them what I want. The direction needs to come from the photographer so that it fits with their vision.”