When it comes to photography, there’s a lot going for this tried and true hobby and art form. As an art form, photography has been a tool of expression and of documentation, and as a hobby, it has been a tool of sharing experiences and emotions. The common, underlying thread is that photography has the potential to convey the personal to the public. This incredibly powerful ability has a lot of appeal, and nowadays, there’s little barrier to entry to becoming an amateur photographer, as most smart phones have at least decent cameras built right in. Therefore, if you have an interest in photography, you may find yourself in need of some subject matter. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.
First and foremost, if you’re a parent, you’ve got at least one subject that’s contractually obligated to pose for you: your child! Photos of your kids, especially babies, are deeply personal, and those tend to be the best kind of photos, as they say something about the photographer. If you’re serious about photography, this should be right up your alley, at least conceptually. So, why not get your baby a cute outfit from Babies-R-Us and have a photo shoot? You’d be surprised at what naturals babies are at being photographed. While they aren’t great a taking direction, that’s what makes them great subjects. They’re candid in every moment, and the innocence of childhood is apparent in every moment, too. These shots will speak for themselves.
Another great idea for a photo shoot would be to find some breath taking views and arrange a scene in front of them. Gather a group of friends and dress them accordingly and have them posed in such a way as to tell a story with their posture. Props are optional. This is a good exercise in learning to see body language more clearly, and it’s a valuable skill for the photographer, or any other kind of artist, to learn as early as possible.