Simple Tips for Capturing Candid Family Moments

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Sure, we all love having great photos to hang on the wall and the nice family photo we send with our holiday cards each year, but the true power of photography lies in capturing a specific moment in time. The ability to preserve a memory, evoke an emotion, remember the past. And we all know how fast time flies once you have kids.

It is these lifestyle type photographs we’ll be discussing today.

Here are a few simple tips for capturing candid family moments:

1. Think about the Who

Kids change in what feels like the blink of an eye, when you shoot a session like this try to think about who they are right now. What is their favorite color, their favorite toy, that shirt they wear over and over again. These are all important details that will help you tell your story.

2. Decide on the What

Does your family have a “thing”? Perhaps you read stories together every night before bed, or bake together in the kitchen on the weekends. Maybe your family loves to be outdoors and can be found playing football in the backyard or digging things up in the garden. The activities you enjoy doing the most with your family are a perfect setting to take memorable photos. Not only is this a familiar part of your routine, but your subjects are comfortable in these scenarios, so the photos will be true to who you are as a family.

3. Consider the Where

Now that you’ve done a bit of thinking about who you are shooting and what makes the most sense for your family, capturing a special moment between siblings or parent and child will happen authentically. Now you can set the stage, not with fancy backdrops or predetermined poses, but rather if you know you will be taking photos in the kitchen you can clear the dishes off the counter, or move the miscellaneous toys off the floor in the living room, tidy up a bit so the focus of the photographs stays on the people in them and not the things around them.

Here’s a few examples of my family on a Saturday morning, reading and spending time together in their room. My daughter has great style and loves to display her artwork so I knew it would be the perfect place to capture some fun photos –

Capturing Childhood -- Girl who loves color

Capturing Childhood -- Brothers

Capturing Childhood -- Story time

The subjects are in important in these photos, but so is life all around them. I took a position on a bed across the room, kept my camera close and waited for these moments to happen on their own. They speak volumes to me about who my kids are right now and the special bond they have that comes with sharing a room together.

For more info on lifestyle photography,  capturing family moments, and how we incorporate my daughter’s art into her room, stop by Kids Stuff World.

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Stacy Teet of KidsStuffWorld.comThis post was brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Stacy is the mom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler.

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Great advice for capturing photos you'll treasure for a lifetime