Photography Tips & Tricks: It’s OK if they’re not looking!

Some of my favorite photos that I’ve shot are all photos where the children weren’t looking at the camera. When you force a child to stop what they’re doing, look at the camera, and smile, you get a big, cheesy, completely unnatural smile.

By allowing the child to explore and be themselves, you will capture them in their true essence.

Think about it. Which would you rather have: A photo of your child with a fake, goofy grin on their face, or a portrait of them and their true personality?

Follow your child around one day. Spy on them, if need be. If they don’t know that you’re watching, you’ll capture the moments that you truly never want to forget.

I had some clients when I lived in Ohio that were SO much fun. We set up the backdrop in their living room, turned on some music (loud!!), and they danced their hearts out. We all had a blast, and I got some amazing photos. So, it’s ok to have fun with this. The more fun you make photos for your kids, the less often you’ll hear, “Aw…. Mom! Do you have to take our pictures again?”

Also, if you are trying to get a group shot, it’s ok if they’re not all looking at the camera. Have them all look at the new baby in the center, or even looking at each other.

Here are some candid shots to show you what I mean:
Now, show me your favorite candid shots!

Put up a post with some of your favorite shots and leave a link to it in the comments section of this post. I’d love to stop by and check them out!

Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Jewllori by Lori says:

    Those are great Angie! I posted some on my blog here

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    A little piece of 7th heaven says:

    Those are such great photos. I absolutely love them..thanks again for the tips..I willl post some pics using your tips soon:)

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    Danielle says:

    That is such a cute pug!!!

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    The Stevens Family says:

    You are so talented, sweet mama. I love those photos. You inspired me to go back through my photo archives and find the candids. There were over a hundred. I will now have a continuing piece on my blog called “This Week’s Candid Memories.” Certainly my pics are not NEARLY as beautiful and artistic as yours, but it was fun to find some that I think I hadn’t posted before just because they weren’t the typical smiley ones. Thanks so much for the tips and inspiration!

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    The Stevens Family says:

    Oh sorry, if you want to link to our blog it’s

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