Picture Primer Photo Tips – Telling the Story
Originally published in the Voice of Pelham, May 8th, 2013
As a professional photographer, I design beautiful wedding albums for my brides and grooms that tell the story of their wedding day, so that when they look through it in 10, 15 or 20 years, they can fully relive their wedding day.
I capture overall photos of what’s happening, close-up beautiful moments that happen throughout the day, and all the details that are so carefully arranged.
The idea of using pictures to tell a story isn’t reserved for weddings, and it certainly isn’t limited to just professionals.
Here’s a tip to help you improve the storytelling in your pictures. For any function, event, trip or any other story you want to tell through pictures, always try and get three types of photos:
- Scene-setting pictures – these will be an over-all view of what’s happening in the story, such as the outside of a house, a big group picture, or a wide angle perspective of a party.
- Documentary photos – these are all those little moments, the cute smiles and the main part of the story of what’s happening. Who’s there? What are they doing? Capture that.
- Detail photos – these are close-up photos of all the decor, the gifts, the signs, and so on. Anything that someone may have put time into arranging (i.e. balloons at a party or a centrepiece at a function) should be photographed.
When you focus on capturing each of these 3 types of photos, you will fully tell the story of what’s happening, who was there and what they were doing. When you look back at the photos from the event, function or trip, you’ll have a more complete story.
Until next time, happy shooting!