Professional photographers–those of you who ask considerable sums of people’s money to play push-the-black-button-on-the-expensive-toy: please tell me most of you are better judges of what it takes to create a pleasing composition than the below example.
I hate to break it to you, but making a senior portrait good does take a bit more than a smile, a tree and some white thingy declaring “This is my SENIOR picture! That’s right, it’s not my junior… or sophomore… or, er… freshman picture.” In this case, less would actually be a whole lot more–to use the cliche.
In a related topic, we photographers have this thing with trees. We tend to think of them as The Great Equalizers. “When in doubt, frame in a tree” we seem to declare. Or maybe it’s just me. It seems to work, but I think I should maybe challenge myself to go treeless for a while, lest my portfolio start looking like a dendrologist’s.
A quick look through some of my work:
Brides and trees go great together.
And so do couples.
And so do sunsets.
And fall colors.
And corn fields.
And beet fields.
And natural disasters.
And cute nieces.
Fake ones can even work.
And other times, trees are great just by themselves.
Hmmm… I see a theme developing. I mean… there’s nothing particularly wrong with trees. I love them and all. Just… I see a lot of them in my pictures.