Candids vs. Posing for Graduation Photos

For graduation is it better to shoot candids or posing photos? Each one is great but which one is the best? Well it's a combination of personal tastes along with what creative opportunities present themselves. Here's a brief guide to the pros and cons of each one.


Candid photos can be amazing because they're real. They capture the moments when no one is worried about putting on a presentation to the camera. They are literally a snap shot of time. Preservations of memories that would otherwise be lost in time. A great candid photo can of a special time in someone's life can be the best gift you can give them.

But the downside to candid photos is that it's hard to get great ones. There are a lot of variables that go into a great candid photo and if something is off then the photo won't be very great. It also takes a lot of attentiveness, time and patience. You could spend an hour trying to get a great candid and end up just having a bunch of blurry photos taken from a distance where you can't even tell who is who. 


Posing photos look great because they're well framed, well posed and shot against a visually interesting background. They're something that every photographer hired for a graduation event should shoot because these are guaranteed great looking photos. Even if you're not a professional and are there to support a loved one you should still have them pose for a picture. This is an important day in their lives and what better way to remember it than with a photograph?

But graduation days are very busy for the graduate and posing for photos can be time consuming. Don't go overboard with the amount of set ups and poses you want the subject to do. They have a lot to do that day and are running on a tight schedule. Be wise with how you use their time.

Which is Better?

Ideally you want to have your graduate pose for a few pictures so you know that at least you have something great. Then you should watch them and try to get some great candid photos of them. Keep your distance though because no one wants to be annoyed by a person hovering over them with a camera. Besides, the best candid shots happen when no one realizes the camera is there. That's how memories last a lifetime.