Cute Candids

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Making memories, Parties and Celebrations


Some of the best photographs of your child will be taken by you. Get ready for some cute candid shots!

Capturing candid moments of childhood is a job best left to Mom or Dad. You don’t need an expensive camera or to dress your kids in fancy new clothes, and you certainly don’t need an appointment. What you do need is a working camera with film (or a digital camera), a busy child and about one hour.

  • It’s important to capture the child in her element, in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Even though it might not seem interesting at the time, it’s the real life, day-to-day moments of your child growing up that you want to record.
  • Encourage your child to get involved with an activity like building blocks or coloring. If that doesn’t seem to hold her attention, get out some pots and pans or other household novelties.
  • Make sure the lighting is good; turn on as many lights as possible. Then, point and shoot.
  • Get up close. There is no need for your child to make eye contact with the camera. If you want a full-face shot, simply call her name.
  • You can experiment with camera angles by getting down on the floor beside her or standing on a chair above her. If your camera has a zoom feature, don’t be afraid to use it.
  • You can even try a panorama shot for something completely different (use your camera’s panorama setting or else take several shots of your child in the room, all in a row, to show the complete environment).
  • Outdoor photos are another great way to capture your child’s true self. While sunny days are certainly a plus, don’t let an overcast sky keep you inside. Those days can produce some beautiful shots as well, especially since you avoid glare and squinting.

Cute Candids work well for our Divine Dress Up, Messy Writing, Fruit Prints, Totally Tubular and Baby Stacks activities.