focal length: 50 mm (on crop body)
shutter speed: 1/125
aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 640
flash: none

There must be something innate in us, parents, that want us to call out, “Child~ Look here~!” as we hold the camera in front of our face. Even though I’ve trained myself to be more photojournalistic in my photographic approach to creating portraits, when it comes to my daughter, I yell out a “Look here!” once in a while. I have to really remind myself not to disturb my child at play and capture those genuine moments and expression instead, because that’s how I want to remember her.

So, go out and grab those candids of your children, as they are.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit