Finding a new perspective: Photographing your 2014 adventures in Chicago

 
 

A giggle, warm light bouncing off a sweet face, a silly dance move. THOSE are the things I wish to remember for the the rest of my life.


You will never hear me tell my daughter to say "cheese," because capturing real moments are so much more honest. A forced smile doesn't really tell a story.

 

I hope some of these images inspire you to look at moments from a different point of view!

 

-- Justina Olenick



 

 

 

 
 

STEP BACK

As parents, we often want to zoom in on faces to capture expressions, but what about capturing the entire scene?

 

In this photo, my father was showing my daughter how to fly a kite for the first time on Florida's gulf coast. I know for a fact she had a huge smile on her face, but I love this perspective because I can actually imagine and relive everything about it!


 

 
 

SUNRISE/SUNSET

As beautiful as the sunset was falling into the ocean, I fell in love with the warm light it painted on my daughter's face. It seems like we are always programmed to shoot into the sunset, but then we miss the beautiful things going on behind it! The night sky rising was a beautiful rich blue and complimented the clear cyan water. I highly recommend turning your back on the sunset to see what kind of dynamic images you can capture.


But if you just HAVE to capture that sun, here is a little tip! If you notice that the exposure on your subject's face is a little dark, use a reflector to bounce the sunlight back into their face (or save some money and pick up a piece of foam core).


 

 
 

POSITIONING

I am always drawn to bright funky murals, especially ones with a 15ft fish with houses painted on its back. You can't go wrong capturing a moment in front of something like this. I asked my dad to turn to his side, and I am drawn to the image because of the subjects facing different ways. It is a nice change to break away from the norm of the straightforward "posed" image.


 

 
 

ANGLE

Try capturing the moment from above, or get really low and shoot up!

 

In this photo, my daughter was checking out some beautiful flowers at the The Peggy Notebaert Museum. As soon as I saw the lines created from the benches colliding, and the vibrant colors of the flowers, I knew it would create an interesting image. A lot of photography is anticipating the moment, especially with children. You have to act pretty fast! And now I can always remember the little knot bun I put her hair in!


 

 
 

COLORS

While I never know what I will come across when exploring new places, I always keep my daughter's outfit in the back of my mind.

 

In this photo we were wandering around in Hermosa Beach, California and this vivid blue wall and bright yellow flowers just jumped out at me! I visualized her white tank top popping and her little striped leggings matching the scene.


 

 
 

BEING SILLY

It's not only for children! While trekking up a hill in Manhattan Beach, California we passed this amazing painted garage door. Most people might think it is a bit odd, but I see an amazing photo op! When my significant other started acting silly by pretending to lean back I had to snag that moment up! It's a funny memory we will always have, and a reminder of the pain in our calves from all the hills.


 

 
 

BE DIFFERENT

While exploring the iconic bean in our lovely city of Chicago, you will always see dozens of tourists trying to capture their reflections in the bean, typically up close. I wanted to pull away from the crowd and capture my daughter in front of the entire bean itself.

 

Don't be afraid to break away from the norm and photograph a moment with a different approach, you might just love the results!


 

 
 
 







 
 
 
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