REDEFINE | Creative Compositions feature by Kristin Kelly Photography



“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “


Why are you passionate about creative compositions and photography in general?
I love the stories you get from photographs–no words, just pure visual content. Since creative compositions add to the story, so I’m naturally drawn to images that have intentional compositional elements like framing and leading lines.

When did you first start utilizing creative compositions in your images?
I don’t think I can pinpoint an actual time, but if I look back at my work I can see how my work transitioned from images that were technically “fine” to images that have more intention and purpose. I took a series of online creative courses through Clickin Moms in 2015 and early 2016 and I can definitely see how my work evolved during that time. I love simple images with clean backgrounds and pockets of light to help make my subject pop in the frame.

What are the tips you would share with anyone struggling to compose their images in an eye catching way? ( Please share 5-10 tips with us for our readers)
Keep the Rule of Thirds in mind to help compose interesting images in camera. The Rule of Thirds is a wonderful tool that helps you place your subject at stronger points of interest within the frame.
It’s okay to move your subject to where you want them to be in frame! I love shooting images of my boys doing things like building puzzles and reading, but I’m not afraid to ask them to go somewhere else so I can get them in better light or have a better background!
Move yourself! If I’m not capturing the image quite like I imagined it in my head, I’ll try moving around to capture different perspectives: above my subject, down low, from behind, etc.
Use the crop tool in post processing to create interesting compositions. It’s okay to crop your images to help create stronger compositions.
Break the rules! The rules are always important, but it’s okay to break them to feed your own creative soul! I love a strong center composition as much as I love compositions that follow the rules, or images where my subject may not quite be on a ROT, but is surrounded by framing elements or beautiful light!

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?
My biggest challenge was learning to slow down and capture the image in camera as I saw it in my head or with my eye. I was relying too much on post-processing to create something interesting.


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I started my photography journey a bit unknowingly in December 2008; shortly after my first son was born, and I fell in love with being able to capture how quickly he was growing up. By the time my second son was born, I had learned to use my camera in Manual mode, taken several online courses–both technical and creative–and practiced a lot. Now, I shoot both traditional portrait and lifestyle work and am inspired by beautiful light.
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