1. Keep your camera out! This may seem like a silly tip, but keeping your camera handy and where you see it daily can be a great visual reminder to practice shooting in manual mode. This reduces the risk of your camera sitting alone, in a dark closet somewhere not being used. Often times we might miss everyday moments because our camera isn't out and easily accessible.
2. Photograph everyday rituals. For this tip, just remember the age and attention span of your kiddos. Most kids will have a preference to do their own thing and most kids are very active. This way they are guiding the process. Examples: snack time, bath time, reading books, etc. This will allow kids to remain comfortable and in their everyday norm.
3. Give them an activity to do individually or with siblings. When photographing candid moments, there is still some "set up" involved. Create a small adventure with your kiddos. This may be venturing to the end of the street on a walk. During that walk you may find a stick, or a ball. Or you may take a trip to the park and take a ride on a swing or a slide. Everyday moments can be big adventures in a child's eyes. Get creative!
Bonus Tip: Try turning on some music while you are capturing candid shots in everyday life. The beat of the music can either put that extra pep in a kid's step, or if it's a slower beat, provide a more calming atmosphere for quiet time like painting or reading books. Music can be a great reward too!
We hope these quick tips were helpful, and give you ideas to further explore the art of capturing those candid everyday moments. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.
Angela & Kacey