Freeze! This week’s best reader-submitted Photos of the Day

parasailing at sunset
Anthony R Gargano

Candid photos may conjure up that really unflattering picture your uncle took at your wedding with his shiny new camera. The angle is wrong, he’s somehow added 50 pounds to everyone, and the facial expressions…well, we don’t need to say any more about that.

However, great candid images do exist—case in point, the body of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, known as the father of photojournalism. He believed so strongly in what he called the “decisive moment” that he wrote an entire book on the subject. Cartier-Bresson proves that with a little luck and mastery of composition, candid photos are a sheer delight. This week’s winners prove that there’s a story anywhere we choose to look.

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Lead image by Anthony R Gargano. See more work here.

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I now pronounce you…

wedding couple recessional
See more of Ken’s work here.
Ken Souser

It’s Wedding Week at PopPhoto, and Ken Souser nabbed this candid moment at a relative’s wedding. Love that the guy is the one overcome with emotion. 

Mirror, mirror

woman puts on makeup
See more of Jennifer’s work here. Jennifer Tiveli

Jennifer Tiveli’s image speaks volumes, and I am instantly curious—where is this person going? Barefoot, beautiful dress, a simple strand of pearls. A makeup brush flies blurrily through the air against a powdery cheek. Hair, elegantly coiffed. All this in stark contrast to the garish color cast by the curtains about the room, the pair of flip flops under the vanity, and general disarray. 

Fountain of youth

flower girl twirling
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