Camera and Flask
The Photography of Steven Gray


Camera and Flask // Steven Gray: Photographer. Storyteller. Artistic journalism and storytelling around the globe. Based in Pensacola, Florida.

Candid Kids Portraits - Pensacola Beach Photographer

Living as close as I do to Pensacola Beach, truthfully advertised as the World's Whitest Beach, most of my family photo sessions every summer come from vacationing families who want beach portraits while they're in town. This family won my heart because they asked for something different than the usual postcard photos in front of the Gulf of Mexico. They preferred candid, B&W shots of the kids just being themselves, and I am pleased with the results. There is a time and a place for traditional, posed family shots. You should get one or two of them. Too often though, parents become near-obsessed with making sure that the kids are smiling, sitting still and looking up for the entire session. While well intentioned, focusing too much on perfect smiles tends to wear kids out sooner than if you back off a little bit and give the child and the photographer a chance to establish some rapport. A good family photographer will be good with kids, and the results will be better smiles, real laughter and a very true and beautiful capture of your kids in the final photos.