Candid photography is one of my favourite things to do. I love being able to see people act themselves and not put a show because someone is watching. I hate when people act fake which is why I love my candid photography. I love walking by someone with my camera down and then at the last second catching a real laugh or smile. Those photos end up being some of my unique wedding photos and sometimes make for some really funny wedding photos. If I can’t do it fast I do it waiting patiently hidden behind other people or a pillar or something or I just pull out the long lens, either way, I get those candid photos. Great part about shooting candid photos is how quickly I can do it. It doesn’t take any time at all. I don’t have to ask people to smile or stop blinking etc. I can just set up the photo and shoot it. I used to shoot around 10,000 photos in a full day of wedding photography but I’ve toned it down to about 5-6000 photos per wedding. It’s actually pretty cool when you go through the photos in post editing. It’s like watching a movie and being able to really see true candid reactions. Best part about shooting so many photos is that I always get the shot. If the first one didn’t turn out for any reason the next one did so it really opens up how many good photos my clients get from their wedding. I have you ever heard of someone saying “oh,please don’t take so many photos, I don’t want to remember my biggest day of my life”, the answer, NOPE! Now candid photography doesn’t always have to be completely used from far away and unseen. I also like to shoot my creative wedding photos this way as well. I think of an idea and tell the newlyweds to go to a certain place and act in a generalized way such as being loving to each other etc. By doing this I don’t fully know what they’ll do and I can catch them doing something real rather than staged in that moment. Also, when I get first shot and the couple is being themselves even just a little bit more, you may get their true personalities to shine through and get some true candid moments. I’ve had brides and grooms both do some nasty funny things, where if I would have said to be serious and just cut the cake and pose and pose some more, then that’s all I would get wouldn’t I? I’m all for people being themselves and given a little coaching and direction when needed, for example, a steel wool photo can’t have people running around lol. It could be why so many couples have enjoyed me taking their wedding photos….maybe. “Like a ninja” they always say lol. So funny.This photo above is a prime example of a couple just being themselves on the dance floor. Super cute.