What do I mean by that? Rachel and I were playing at a park while her big brother was at a hockey lesson. She decided to play hide and seek. I tried oh so hard to find her but eventually she had to give away her hiding place.
I love that I captured her expressions that seem to say, "Oh mom! Surely you knew where I was!" and then "That was fun! Let's do it again!"
I caught those two pics with a quick shot from my cell phone then I went back to playing. I love those pictures 100 times more than if I had her pose with a fake smile in front of that tree. Those pictures captured the fun we were having and will remind me of that fun morning with her each time I look at them.
Rachel and I were each exploring the area and I called to her when it was time to go. She came running across the bridge and I saw her pretty hair shining in the sunlight so I caught this quick picture. Look at the happiness on her face! That isn't from a boring posed picture. This picture is alive with movement and joy.
Finally, when I commented to her about having taken some cute pictures of her, she decided that she wanted to pose for me to take her picture. She came up with the location and pose and this is what I snapped.
It's a cute picture on a bridge with some nice trees in the background but it is sterile to me. There are no special memories attached to this picture and it doesn't let my daughter's personality shine through.
Keep this in mind next time you are taking pictures of your loved ones. You have to take the obligatory posed picture from time to time but remember that candid and unposed pictures are so much more rich with life.