Behind the Image

d and champ-001ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/100 sec, 35mm lens

Telling a story brings fire to my belly. I get giddy and my stomach starts to turn with excitement.
I love watching and waiting for a story to emerge.
So I thought it would be interesting to give you a behind the scenes look at how I shoot on a weekly basis. 🙂

D has been in love with Champ since she first discovered this fury creature lived with us.
He is not as fascinated but at least he will tolerate her.
She was new to crawling but veteran enough to go exploring and Champ was the first stop.
I must have watched her for 10 minutes waiting for the perfect shot.
Trying a couple different angles to get the light the way I wanted it.  Focused on her.storytellingStory telling has so much to do with composition. Yes of course light too is important, there is no image without it after all.
But a story is told by every element in the frame. Leave something out and you’ve left a portion of the story out as well. For better or worse.
I wanted to tell the story of D’s fascination with her pup.  That deep curiosity and admiration.
I didn’t feel you needed much context beyond the dog bed. It’s clear this is his domain and it’s the kiddo coming into his space.
Yet she hesitates and watches to see what he does

The light is coming thru a door just out of the frame to the right. I could have opened the curtain above Champ but chose not to flood the whole corner with light. The door provided just enough to focus on D.  Exactly what I wanted.

What I love about story telling photography is it’s taught me to slow down and be an observer. I watch and take in the scene without judgement and then find the story within the chaos.

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xoxo – Rachael

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