| Written by Ronnie |
I adore close-up portraits of my boys, as much as the next mum.
I also love detail shots - the way you can tell a story simply by zooming in.
But, you can also tell a story by zooming out.
By taking a step back.
Yes, we can capture emotion and facial expressions when we draw close to our subjects. But by the very same token, we can capture context, environment, and the bigger picture by pulling back from the action.
Taking a step back is akin to what a street photographer does on a daily basis: capturing a scene, rather than just a person.
Sometimes it can feel unnatural to hang back because it means putting distance between ourselves and where all the 'action' is taking place. But, it doesn't have to be all the time. And remember, there is always a story waiting to be told from the bigger picture.
From my personal experience, I tend to always let Rick and the boys run on ahead while I document the scene from some distance away. After a number of shots, I then join the rest of the tribe and try to capture the close-up shots. It's always interesting to compare the two contrasting sets of photos, and together, the images never fail to tell a beautiful - and complete - story of what actually took place.
I'm also rather partial to the negative space that's often created when we step back. Often, it makes for striking imagery, and when included in life albums or story books, that type of imagery helps to prevent a page layout from looking too busy and cluttered.
So friends, today, I want to encourage you to pull back.
Capture the scene. The context. The environment.
Document the bigger picture.
Take a step back, and see what imagery you can create.
You can read the other posts in this series here.