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.
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Fantastic pictures!!! I can’t believe you took all those! You can get away from trees if you want to but those are all amazing! Thanks for sharing them.
I keep thinking I need more trees in my photos. They are so incredibly expressive. They offer wonderful compositional lines, a sense of solidity and permanence or the crumbling sense of time taking its toll, a strong solid character or gnarled creepiness…
Really, no need to escape trees, no need to try to take them out. They are beautiful.
that’s really funny because when i was thinking about it, i feel like something’s missing if there’s not a tree in a picture. like when i was on top of Lodgepole Mountain with my brother, i wandered around the top until i could find a shot with a tree somewhat close.
Now,if you would have been willing to continue doing family weddings we would have had trees for you since Beth and Jason had a tree grafting as part of their ceremony. And the reception was in the walnut grove of the environmental center. How many more trees could you need! :-)