The biggest problem with most candids is that people don’t look as good as they could in them, often bad light, background etc. Often it’s well worth compromising to get a real moment. The alternative on a shoot where you can control things is choreographed candids, of course you are not going to interfere with something like a wedding ceremony.
Here is some samples with comments underneath each image.
This picture is taken right outside my studio in Norway, I loved the cobble stones. It was hard to get a true candid without getting buildings and power cords through their faces. I think it is very important to have peace around their faces when they look at each other. Also wanted to incorporate the beautiful antique Mercedes so I planned the shot to be right there, but then have them start walking a bit before where I want my shot.
A beautiful wedding in Santa Barbara, the brides home is right up from the beach so the location is meaningful to her. It was hard light so a good time for interacting. So yes, I asked him to do what he is doing, choreographed again, but have a candid feeling.
The family picture is taken on one of Salt Lake City’s busiest streets with lots of people around. using my favorite lens Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L. Going in a bit low angel getting some old pillars from a store entry as a background, a bit busy but work fine when blurred. It is all choreographed telling her to play with the baby and him turning back towards her.
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