I don’t know about you, but i have always found a candid image to be more powerful than a posed image. I guess this is why, during my photoshoots, I tell whoever I am photographing to “be yourself.” I mean, sit how you would usually sit, smile how you would typically smile if there weren’t a camera in your face, do everything you would do as if you were around your best friend. I know that in my photos, I want to remember my friends and loved ones for the quirky things that make them…well…them.
The best photos I have ever taken were either caught completely off-guard or while the subject was being his or herself. Henri-Cartier Bresson made the “decisive moment” a significant aspect of photography. I think this applies greatly to candid photos. If you just wait for that moment, the one that reflects all of the meaning of that particular point of time, you will get a photo that lasts forever.