When it comes to family photos, there are a variety of different styles of photography. What you see on social media is more often traditional and posed. I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with different styles of photography, but the one I find myself landing on and coming back to the most is candid style family photography. When I had my son seven years ago, I was not able to find this style of photographer for my own family online. When I searched for a Seattle family photographer, all I found were posed and somewhat formal looking photos.
The photos I was seeing online didn’t feel like us as a family. My family felt spontaneous, loving, funny, adventure-seeking, silly, and unpredictable. There was beauty and laughter throughout and that’s what I wanted to capture. It was really about documenting the essence of who we are and documenting those candid sweet moments.
I wanted to see us reflected back in those quiet family moments at home snuggling and caring for our new baby. The feeling I wanted to capture felt familiar to the vintage Super-8 films my uncle used to take of us. We would sit back in his living room and watch ourselves back; the tears, the funny moments, the silliness. I wanted to capture that effortless mood for family photos and change the idea of what a family photos session could look like.
What is candid style family photography? It’s a style of photography in which the people and the scene are not staged or posed. It’s often confused with lifestyle photography which I believe to be more documentary style.
Candid family photos can be taken almost anywhere. A grocery store, the comfort of your own home, a scenic location, or a place that means something special. It’s a style of family photography that I specialize in and also highly recommend for family photo sessions with children.
Children are naturally unfiltered and candid, and this is especially true for my child. His wild energy is what inspired me to become a family photographer. All his little quirky, adorable movements were fast moving, so that’s where I learned all about shutter speed and moving quickly, but also being patient in anticipating moments that I knew were eventually going to happen.
If this is a style of family photography that you connect with, then I guarantee you that we are going to work really well together. There are so many reasons to hire a professional family photographer to document the everyday moments with your family. The biggest reason that I can give you is that selfies are hard.
I’ve tried and failed at taking our own family photos, so there’s your biggest reason to hire a family photographer. We know how to make you look good, what outfits work best with certain locations, and can capture all the sweet moments at every angle.