Photographing Fathers

by Candice Stringham

In the June 2009 issue, I talked a lot about how to capture great photographs of the fathers in our lives with both traditional portraits and candids. I want to talk a little bit more about taking candid photographs, especially photographs of fathers interacting with their children and grandchildren. Hopefully this lesson will take some pressure of taking "perfect" photographs off your shoulders.


You see, this Father's Day I wanted to make an album for my husband and my own father about their relationships with my two boys. I believe that my sons' father and grandfather will have a profound effect on the type of men they grow up to be. So I searched through old files to find examples of one-on-one interaction between them. Here are a few of the photographs I found.


photo by Candice Stringham

Photo by Candice Stringham


This first image is of my husband and youngest son. In this photo, we were on vacation and went on a walk to view historical battlefields, which as a three year old, Cole did not find exciting or fun. But when he was on his dad's shoulders, singing and playing "I Spy," the two had a great time! I called Mark's name and snapped the shot. It was a great shot of the two of them.



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