7 Great Ideas for Candid Family Photo Shoots

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Many families request candid photo shoots of their family. Most don’t really like true candid photos though, because the whole point of a candid photo is to capture the subject in motion. No posing and making sure you look great. If you truly want a candid photo shoot here are some creative ideas for a great family shoot.

  1. Have your family participate in something messy. For example, try finger painting, and have the family all wear white so the colors can really stand out. tweet

At Fountain

  1. Take a trip to an amusement park, zoo, aquarium, anywhere where you can actively have fun as a family. Have the photographer take shots when something catches their eye. tweet

Young Family

  1. Let your kids indulge in some fun eating. Go grab an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles! Who wouldn’t love that? tweet

i wanted a chocolate-

  1. If you have younger kids have a tea party, blow bubbles, play a game outside, or throw leaves! This will result in some awesome and authentic candid shots. tweet

Loving It

  1. Having bad weather on the day of the shoot? No problem! Use the rain to your advantage and go outside and get messy! tweet

Ranchi Rain

  1. Try using balloons or flying kites. These may not be completely candid but it does look like an action shot. tweet

Let the rain come and express my love for you

  1. Let the kids use their imagination. Ask them what they would like to do that day, and if it works try to fit it into the shoot. tweet


You can still have a few posed shots done during your shoot, if this is what makes you or grandma happy! It is completely up to you and your family! This is what is so great about candid photo shoots, they are so versatile you can do anything you want!


Also, once you find a photographer that you love, stick with them! You can grow a relationship over time and they will be able to get a sense of what you and your family likes and what will work best.

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