Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Working Different Angles


Creative Composition in Child Portraits

I’ve always been fascinated by lines and graphics in my pictures. I love how a line can lead your eye through a picture and how we, as photographers, can create images that will be read in a particular way. We can control how our pictures are viewed. Naturally, our eyes will follow a line, we want to know where it goes and so, if we guide our eyes through a picture, we can make the subject really stand out.

When I downloaded the files from this photo shoot I couldn’t remember how I had come to take this image. I could remember taking it, standing on a chair in the kitchen as Ella looked up to my camera held at the top of the radiator, using the touch focus and the articulated screen on the EOS R to great effect to produce this composition without looking through the viewfinder.

What I can’t remember is how I came to be standing on that chair in the first place, whether I had thought of the composition and then stood on the chair – whether I had seen Ella standing by the radiator warming up after our bracing walk in the park and realized the possibility, or whether I had been standing on the chair to start with, finding a different angle on her sister whizzing around the kitchen on her tricycle and then seen the possibility. Who knows?

But thinking back on this does remind me of one of the things I find most fun in my photo shoots and that is searching for different angles, different compositions and different approaches to create images that are different from the norm and which really stand out as unique and creative family photographs. I’m always searching and looking for new ways to photograph a scene as my aim is to produce pictures that are beautiful, unique and stunning works of art in their own right.

We had such a great time on this photo shoot and Ella was hilarious to photograph, as always, this had been our fourth time working together. I love her smile, her laughter and her sense of humour, always ready with a cheeky grin and funny comment that never fail to make me laugh, she’s a joy to hang out with.

I hope you like this picture as much as I do and if you are keen to have pictures of your family that are creative and beautiful then do get in touch. If you’d like to find out more about my family photography or see a wider portfolio then do explore the website and I will look forward to hearing from you.