6 Things That Make a Photo Beautiful

Have you ever wondered what makes a photo stand out and stir certain emotions in you when you look at it? Of course, photos of your family and places you love will naturally give you the warm and fuzzies or leave you in awe but there are also very specific elements in great photos that help bring them to life and make you take a second look.

1.) Lighting

When a photograph has beautiful lighting it gives the image a certain mood and highlights the important aspects of a photo. Light is an incredible tool so using natural light from an open window or door or even a soft artificial light can make all the difference.

Little boy on swingset
6 month old girl smiling with her uncle
2.) Backdrops

While focusing on a specific person in a photo is how we naturally take photos, that person is only a part of the greater whole. Your background and any other objects in a photo all make up the structure and scene that draw you into that moment.

Perfectly color coordinated family of 4
6 month old girl sitting up in garden in Wissahickon Creek park
3.) Textures

A good quality photo will usually allow you to pick up on certain textures such as a pair of woolly socks or the texture in a heavy wooden door.

Siblings in Old New Castle, Delaware
4.) Perspective

Sometimes the most beautiful photos are taken from a different perspective such as getting down to a toddler’s level at a birthday party or taking a shot of a tall building by looking all the way up from a street corner.

Little girl playing hopskotch in South Philadelphia
Father and son running on the beach

5.) Colors

Play with colors when you take photos, match them up or emphasize specific colors to draw the eye to a certain detail in a picture.

Single business owner headshot
6.) The moment

Capturing a moment that will never happen again makes for incredible photos.

Happy family of three
Family of three snuggling on a bench
Little girl jumping on bed

Photography isn’t only for the professionals. Everyone has the ability to take a great photo by focusing on a few simple elements, getting creative and being ready to capture something beautiful or everywhere you go.

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My name is Claire and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer servicing the Philadelphia Metro Area/Delaware Valley and beyond.

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