The Odd Number Rule
Regardless are you shooting still life, portraits, or landscapes, take a moment to consider the style of your photo. Maybe you could frame the shot a little bit different to get better styling or maybe you can add something to your setting to increase the visual interest. Or… you could remove something from a shot. Did you know that odd numbers work way better in photography than even numbers? Three apples will work perfectly while four will not. It’s same with flowers. While Americans are used to having an even number of flowers in a bouquet, most Europeans will go with an odd number. I am not sure is this a case in every European country though. Every time I get flowers (even number), I take one flower out and put it in a separate vase because the bouquet seems more natural that way, to me that is, probably because I’m European. Odd numbers stand out and look natural, also the odd-number-rule applies to any type of composition, not only photography.
Family sessions can be pretty challenging when it comes to styling. Ideally, you’ll have time and opportunity to discuss styling options with your clients or even help them pick an outfit for the session. I make this a part of my session package. I make sure to talk to them (usually it’s the mom) and find out what their ideas and plans are. I’ll also send out an email with ideas and tips and then follow up with a client to see what they think. Most of the time clients will think they have to wear matching outfits. That’s not the case. It’s important to explain them it’s OK to stay within the same style (casual clothes, dressy outfit, sport theme, etc. ) and color family. As you can see in the photo above, the mom wanted everyone to wear jeans and a black shirt but the son refused to wear the shirt she chose. So, you have to work with that you get. Yes, I am aware that many of these photos are wrong for many reasons but focus on the outfits, please. : )
A Blogging Tip
A good part of your blog traffic is probably coming from search engines such as Google. As you know, Google has its crawlers that index each site. If you copy&paste content from another site or if you allow copy&paste of your posts, you are not doing a favor to your blog. Once Google’s crawlers detect duplicate content, they will ban one of the sites (if there are more than two, they will ban more, allowing only one site to be indexed and listed in Google). Will they ban your site or the one that had copied your content? It’s up to Google which site(s) will be banned from its search engine. You can read more on duplicate content here. For instance, you may think it’s a great idea to exchange posts with other bloggers but in reality that is the worst thing you could to your blog. Duplicate content is not being tolerated by search engines and this action may result in taking your site off Google’s list. Instead of copying and pasting the entire post, re-write your post well. This also means that those who are stealing other people’s content are risking a lot more than just bad reputation. But it also means your blog could be in trouble, too. If you detect your content on an unknown blog, email that blogger and kindly offer to explain what he or she is doing to both of you.