Do all your photos look the same?

by Sally J.

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Ask yourself this:

If a stranger took a peek at your 500 most recent photographs, would they all look the same?

Then remind yourself that your great-grandchildren will more than likely be strangers to you. Will they really want to keep all of your photographs?

Try a new perspective the next time you’re snapping away. Get down on the ground. Climb up on a chair. Stand behind your subject. For really powerful portraits, don’t be afraid to get real close.

My brother took this incredibly sweet photograph of my nephew Charlie last month. It tells a story about how tiny he is at this age that other photographs simply don’t capture. Now don’t get me wrong — I need LOTS of photos of his chubby yummy face, too. But I need photos like this one as well.

Read more of my advice about purging your photo collection of dreck:

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