Sometimes, we ‘pose’ for that ideal photograph that we want to put up on the wall and display to everyone. For myself, I like portraits which are not only posed for, but, when they are candid, on the spur of the moment, the type that you couldn’t pose for if you tried.
Catching those natural expressions can be more rewarding than the strained artificial smiles that many people endure for their photo-shoot. With a calm and relaxed subject, who often may not even know you have already taken the photo, can often lead to those quality images without realising.
Do you have to face the camera for a portrait, do you have to pose, do you have to smile – of course not. People watching people, people going on with their daily lives, people who are often unaware of others around them as they are deep in thought and lost in their own world; these are the kind of things that can make for interesting photos.
Have fun, make the subject at ease, play games and interact, use the natural resources that you are in, such as flowers, leaves, animals; embrace the elements that you are presented with, no matter if it’s wet, windy or sunny.
No matter what happens just keep snapping, you never know what you will end up with when you review the photos at the end of the day.