Formal Photography

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Today I got to exercise a different creative art. Photography.

My oldest niece is a high school junior. Tonight is Prom. After she and her boyfriend got all dolled up, we took their pictures.

Telling people how to pose has never been my strong suit. I let other people do that with only making a couple suggestions myself. I don’t have permission to use photos of her or her boyfriend, so I’m only sharing a photo of her prom corsage sitting in its plastic box.

It’s been a while since I’ve shot formal portraits. Come to think of it, this might actually be the first. Well, for a formal dance, that is. Later on, if I get permission to share some of the other photos, I hope to be able to share some of my favorites. I’m particularly happy with one of her looking out a window.

Photography stretches my creativity in different ways than writing does. That’s a good thing. We (I) need to stretch our creativity in different ways so that we don’t get in a rut. Practicing more than one creative outlet is a good way to be sure we stay in touch with our creativity and sometimes refill our well in the process.

What are you doing to stretch? Where do you need more practice?

Happy creating!

6 thought on “Formal Photography”

    1. jencnipps Post author

      Thank you.

      I only do posed portraits when asked. Any other time, I prefer to let people be natural — and let kids PLAY, for crying out loud! — and get photos from that. With a telephoto lens, you can get great portraits without being intrusive. I love shooting landscapes and still-lifes, too.

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  1. Alice Gerard

    Such an interesting blog post. I try to stretch myself with photography and painting and music. Working on my second language, Spanish, definitely stretches my mind.

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  2. Jeanine Byers

    I just had the strangest experience. I got lost in reading this post & thought it was someone else’s blog. Weird! But how lovely that you got to take those pictures, and see the awkwardness that usually comes from being that age. They never realize how adorable that is. 🙂

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    1. jencnipps Post author

      I’ll take that as a compliment. 🙂

      It’s a little funny. I didn’t think of any of it as awkward until you mentioned it. Then it’s like, “You know, it was!” lol. Her boyfriend was reluctant/hesitant to show any signs of affection to her with all of us there. We kind of had to encourage it for the pictures.

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