Some individuals want to create posed and portioned images, others are okay with the candid approach. Unless there is a designated "space", like a backdrop or something, I tend to prefer the candid approach with the kids. It seems that whether they know it or are conscious of it, or not, kids that age are almost always striking a pose of one kind or another. They are only just beginning to learn about the social outcomes of being entirely uninhibited and just letting it all hang out. This free form behavior lends itself to making a lot of really fun and intimate images. The kind where what's underneath the surface is momentarily reflected in the positioning of bone, muscles, sinew and the flush of skin, the wearing of inner feelings on the surface of the person. Those are my favorite kind of photographs. The kind that make folks who know the subject of the photograph smile that knowing smile of seeing the inner child.
While I don't think I'm as good at anticipating and capturing those fleeting instants as I hope to be, I'm improving every time I take photos of folks. It's the passion that fuels the action.
On this Valentine's Day, I'm happy to be able to have pursuing the passion of capturing those images on the list of things I love along with my Wife, my daughter, photographing the outdoors, & fishing. That's a pretty long list of things to love when you think about it, and today, I'll think about it quite a lot I expect. I hope you think about what you love today too.
Happy Valentine's Day.