How to Take Great Candid Photo’s


One of the questions I get a lot is “How do you take such great candid pictures of your kids?”. Trust me, it wasn’t always the case. When I got my first camera, I took so many pictures of my kids that were the opposite of candid. I would set up a shot and say “Okay everybody, look at me and smile”. So basically every picture I have of my children for an entire year was of them sitting or standing and looking straight at the camera smiling. It took me a while to find my documentary style of photography. I put together a few tips to help other mama’s ( and dads too) strengthen their photography skills while documenting the lives of their precious little ones.

Tip #1: Always have your camera handy

One morning,  I laid Ezra down on the floor and went into the kitchen to load the dishwasher. I looked over to check on him and found my oldest son, Owen,  was right next to him. Ezra was staring at him and touching his face. It was the sweetest mommy moment ever! I grabbed my camera and snapped this picture.

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Tip #2:  Experiment with light

I love to play around with light and shadows. Some of my most dramatic photo’s have been captured in very harsh lighting. I say experiment because sometimes,  when I am playing around in weird lighting situations, the pictures don’t turn out… and that’s okay. It happens.

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Tip #3:  Document them at play

I love to get pictures of my kids playing with friends, toys, each other. It’s awesome to look back and remember the things they loved playing with. Motherhood can sometimes be such a blur of cooking, cleaning, and activities and I don’t want to forget the way my children looked while they were playing.

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Tip # 4: Don’t be afraid of motion

Do my motion pictures sometimes turn out so blurry you can’t even tell what I was trying to photograph? Sure do. It doesn’t stop me from always trying to catch them in motion because I love a good action shot!

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Tip # 5: Don’t forget their little fingers and toes

I love my kids faces. They are the most beautiful little faces! But so are there hands, and feet, and hair. Capture it all !!!

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Tip # 6: Capture Emotions

You don’t always have to have a happy kid to capture a great photo.

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I hope these tips will help you get some beautiful candid pictures of your sweet babies!  My most important tip is to take pictures… a lot of them! You will never regret having them! Follow me on Instagram to see more photo’s of my tribe!

XO- Haylee

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