I love a smiling portrait, I really do. But, I also love photos of my family not looking at the camera. By that I mean more than just photos with natural (unforced) expressions — I actually make a point of shooting when my family is completely immersed in their activities and don’t know I’m taking a photo. These completely candid photos make me so happy! They genuinely capture moments and relationships.
Above: This is a picture of my son, tossing rocks into a lake at sunset. I have other photos that show his face, but this is the one that captures the feeling of the evening for me. Just a little boy, a big lake, and the thrill of staying up late to play outside.
Above: My husband was teaching the kids how to skip rocks over water. I love how closely they were paying attention to him. This rock throwing business is serious stuff.
Above: My husband walked out onto the dock to take in the view. He didn’t know I was taking this picture. It’s a perfect moment from vacation. Definitely a moment to remember when it’s -40 C in January.
Above: My son was deep in thought about how to approach the whole snorkeling thing. I love everything about this picture. He looks so little in his robot swimsuit, concerned only about how to work that snorkel.
Above: Like coureurs de bois, my son and husband ventured off in the canoe. They fetched some “pretty” rocks for us to take home for the garden.
Above: I love this picture of my son watching the sunset at the beach. He could have spent every second of our vacation out on the sand at the beach.
Above: My kids played around the base of a grand old tree and this photo shows that perfect childhood moment.
Above: My 8 year old daughter and I walked hand-in-hand at the park and my husband snapped this picture. I love it! (Someday in the not too distant future, that girl is going to be a few inches taller than me.)
Do you take photos of people who are not looking at the camera?