03 Oct


Candid Family Photos | Newport Beach, CA

Unscripted, candid family photos- there’s nothing like them. As a photographer, I have the privilege of being invited into some of the most intimate moments of people’s lives. From weddings to newborn shoots, each session carries its own unique charm. However, one of my all-time favorites is capturing candid poses during family sessions. Here’s why.




Candid shots, by nature, are unplanned and unposed.

They capture the spontaneous, genuine interactions that occur when a family is simply being themselves. These moments – a mother’s laugh, a child’s curious gaze, the playful teasing between siblings – are the essence of what family is about. Unlike posed portraits, where everyone is dressed impeccably and staring directly at the camera with a practiced smile, candid shots reveal the true spirit and dynamic of a family.

When I shoot candidly, I become a silent observer, almost invisible to the family. This allows me to capture those fleeting moments that often go unnoticed: the way a father gently tucks a stray hair behind his daughter’s ear, the burst of laughter after an inside joke, or the warm, knowing glances exchanged between spouses. These are the moments that families cherish most because they represent the genuine emotions and bonds they share.

Candid shots often tell a story.

While posed photos can certainly be beautiful and timeless, they don’t always convey the unique narrative of a family’s journey. Candid photos, on the other hand, provide a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the family, showcasing their quirks, habits, and relationships in a way that’s raw and real.

These candid moments often become the family’s most treasured memories. They look back at these photos and see not just their faces, but their hearts. They remember the stories, the feelings, and the connections that are at the core of their family’s identity.

While there’s certainly a place for posed portraits in photography, I find the unscripted beauty of candid shots during family sessions to be truly magical. It’s in these unguarded moments that the essence of family shines brightest, allowing me to capture memories that are authentic, heartfelt, and forever cherished. If you ever have the chance to participate in a candid family session, embrace the spontaneity and let your genuine self shine through – it’s these moments that stand the test of time.


As you browse through the Allen family’s Newport Beach, CA session, notice the difference between the candid family photos and the posed!




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