What Do You Want Your Picture To Say?

If a picture speaks a thousand words, what do you want yours to say this holiday season? Do you want it to document the family’s changes over the past year or share a long time family tradition captured forever in a photograph? Before you grab the camera and start clicking away there are decisions that can help you get the photograph that you will cherish, not only as you hold the print the first time, but years down the road as well.

Who do you want in the picture? Do you want just your children or the family including pets? If family members have a special interests or hobbies it can be fun to include part of the hobby in the picture as well. Family pets, sports equipment, musical instruments, even a paper and pen for someone who loves to write can all add to the message of your picture.

What to wear for pictures is also easier to decide after you have decided what you want your picture to say. As a general rule, keep clothes simple in complimentary colors, not busy patterns, and white is harder to photograph well than other colors. In most cases you want the people in the picture to be what people first notice when they look at the picture not what they are wearing.

When I am brainstorming ideas for projects I refer to Flickr (www.flickr.com) for inspiration. There are multiple ways of browsing or searching through the images and many talented photographers post their best work. It has served as a great source of inspiration to me over the last few years.

I love answering questions, so through the week if you have any questions or comments please leave them and I will respond.


Photography has helped provide balance for Heather through the stress of managing a family and earning her RN-BSN degree. Heather’s passion for photography lies in documenting life events.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of DrGreene.com. The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

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