Reflections by Rosie {Guest Post}

I love when the first Monday of the month rolls around, it means that we get to hear from Rosie at Reflections by Rosie!!!
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This month, I wanted to challenge you to do something that’s often hard to do: change your perspective. Now, relax….I’m not going to get political on you. BUT, I would like you to challenge yourself to try something different behind the camera: CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE. When you look through the lens of your camera, do yourself a favor, and let your lens dance a bit before you commit it to a “click.” Sometimes the best photos do not have the subject in the center (or even completely in focus, for that matter!). Remember that “Rule of Thirds” post that you read a couple of months ago? Well, let’s try to advance that concept a bit, and try to have your subject somewhere OFF-center. Or you can even move yourself around, and instead of being at eye level with your subject, try to be above or below them. All of these things create a visual dimension to your pictures that you will LOVE. Trust me! When you see your child on the swing, do you only try to capture their photo while you have their full body in the frame?
   
Well, then, next time, try to get a close-up of their faces as they swing. 
      
 I did a photo shoot last weekend for the family I’m using in my examples today. The light was dreamy, and the family is one of the sweetest I have ever known. For one shot, I asked the daughter to sit on her mom’s lap on the swing, and here’s what I got:
   
I loved the affection in the first photo, so I wanted to change it up a bit. I asked the mom to give her daughter a kiss on the top of her head. I took a step forward, stood on my tippy toes, and…..
  
VOILA! Totally different photo. All it took was a step forward, and standing on my tippy toes for a bit. This month, try to change it up a bit by playing with your sense of perspective behind the camera. I like to practice this principle when doing things like watching my kids on the swing, because your perspective of your child is constantly changing. One moment, you see their smiling faces as they swing down; and in the next moment, all you can see is the bottom of their Crocs (just don’t stand too close, or else those Crocs may give your camera- or nose- the perspective of a repair shop!). Whether you have a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, you will enjoy seeing your results! Happy clicking!
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Thank you Rosie for sharing your beautiful photos and awesome photo tips!!! If you live in the League City, TX area and your looking for a photographer stop by Rosie’s site and drop her a line.
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Comments

  1. thanks for the tips, love these ideas!

    Bonnie
    aweemeenit.blogspot.com

  2. Great tips! Many people take such generic photos but don’t know how to get the wow moment photos they admire. Unfortunately I have two camera-shy guys, so I’ll have to find someone else to practice these tips on. 🙂

  3. Great tips–even when you know these things its always helpful to be reminded! Great portraits!

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