Candid looks are becoming much more popular than the posed more formal images, even wedding photographers and portrait studios are doing more of a candid style. People are much more relaxed when they are not being posed so you get more natural expressions. Many people like posed images because they can have more of an artistic creative feel.
Most of the images I take are candid shots, kids playing and enjoying themselves. Candid images tell more of a story and capture the emotion which is not as easy to do with a posed image. It is much easier to get a relaxed smile on a child and not the “cheese” face if you capture their natural smiles while they play.
There are times when I see a cute shot that I want to try to copy or I have an idea of a posed shot that I want to do so then comes the fun part of getting the child to try to follow directions and pose the way you want them. These are some posed shots that I did of my grandsons doing some valentine’s day photos and they both decided to pose so nicely and let me get the image I wanted (which is rare)