Using Your Subjects To Frame A Narrative in Your Shot – Farmers Image Of The Week #391

How Meggy talks about creating this image, sums up for me so much of why getting yourself to photography workshops and conferences is so important. These are your chances to grow through experimentation, being playful with your camera and allowing yourself to think freely without the restrictions of a wedding day or a paying client.

And yes, they are also an incredible opportunity to meet your fellow photographers, to build bonds that will see you through the good times and the not so good times.

We all need support and to surround ourselves with others that understand what this career can be like. Yes, we utterly love it but it has its fair share of challenges.

But back to talking about this gorgeous image. It was nominated for Image of the Week by Suzanne at Kalisterscope Photography. I 100% agree with her that this is a stand out image. Yes, the couple are intertwined into a huge, romantic gesture and I’m sure that looked great as the focus point but by noticing the little boat and choosing to pull it into the central area of focus, Meggy has injected a clever sense of the narrative for this scene.

Elliott Erwitt once said “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them”.

Which basically means, always try to take the time to look beyond the obvious. By training your eye to do this in less pressured situations, you will be creating a muscle memory that kicks in when you are at weddings and trying your hardest not to panic shoot.

Canon 5D Mk IV | Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM | f/2.8| 1/500 | ISO 250

Chase Wild B&W

What Meggy Said…

We were shooting on a cliff in Ibiza at sunset and while the sea and the cliffs themselves were an amazing backdrop to the couple, I had it in my head I’d love for a little flock of birds or something extra to add to the scene. Soon after, this tiny boat started trundling past, disturbing the water, so I used the couple as a prop to frame it and incorporate it fully into the moment. Quite often with destination shoots, I want to find something that tells the story of where the couple are in a subtle yet indisputable way, and so a little boat at sunset on glassy water – to me – evokes the feel of the Balearic islands, without being too overly or cheesily literal.

The Tech Talk…

“This image was taken on a shoot day with Nicola Dixon. I had another shoot of my own in Ibiza the next day so this was a perfect opportunity to test the lighting in a low pressure environment and get used to the surroundings. Balearic and Scottish light (where I work a lot of the time) are completely different, so this really acted as a trial run for the next day and got me feeling really comfortable with my settings and what to expect. I haven’t been to loads of workshops, but I really value all the ones I have been to for these reasons – they allow you to explore your creativity and practice/build confidence on things you wouldn’t have time to do in a full on wedding environment. They’re also great for making pals in the industry – something I’ve really been so thankful for after a pretty rough couple of years thanks to Covid!