Getting closer on the first day of school

Getting closer on the first day of school

8 week online workshop
lesson 3
Get closer and get on their level

I’ve always been a big fan of getting closer and getting down on the same level as a subject, particularly with kids and animals. I had a good look through some of my older photos and was pleased to see that I do this a lot, and I even cropped some down and like them even more now 🙂 I’ve always been afraid of cutting off the tops of heads but you’ve made me realise this is ok sometimes. I find not amputating limbs a bit difficult but I suspect that the answer to this sometimes is to get in even closer still??
Anyways, I was thinking about this when I was taking (quite a lot of) photos of my Heather on her first day of school. Inside the classroom there was such a crowd that it was too hard to get photos further back anyway, and it was also the best way to eliminate the many distractions in the background of the photos. And the ones I love the most are the shots of her facial expression anyway – it shows how calmly and confidently she took on this new experience (meanwhile, Mummy was misting up the camera’s viewfinder). The closer the shot is the better you can see her expressions.
All ISO800 f/2.8 50mm – have I mentioned lately how much I love my nifty fifty and wide apertures and being able to take photos indoors without a flash now?

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. Oh, they’re lovely Siobhan. What an exciting day for her (if a bit sad for you). I do love the expressions you’ve captured and the fact that the focus is all on Heather – even though there is obviously a lot going on. You’ve managed to eliminate most of the distractions and it really shows that you’ve thought about your composition. Well done. The amputation problem is always a difficult one. I wouldn’t stress too much about that, though. It’s more important to capture the moment. We’re not going for photographic awards here, just nice photos of the kids that you love, you’re proud to show and want to keep 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos of a very important day you will treasure these memories. X

  3. These are really lovely – she looks so very confident in herself and unperturbed by everything around her.

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