Mom always told me not to stare at the camera as she was taking a picture. I never understood that when I was young. How could a photo be good if no one was looking at the camera?
As I get older, I fall more in love with candid photography. The perfect happiness of a child unwrapping a present. Newlyweds completely in love and oblivious to the camera. New parents enthralled by the birth of their first child. Candid photos capture moments in time, and the emotions attached to that moment.
The more I try to take candid photos, the harder I find it. Capturing a moment in time with the perfect expression, a good background and the right lighting takes skill. I’m working on it, and sometimes I’ll take one ‘okay’ shot, but I’ve got a long way to go. Until then, I’ll capture the moment; the smiles, laughter and love, and try not to worry about backgrounds or lighting.