52 Week Photography Challenge - Week 7

Week 7

Composition: Fill the Frame

Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.

Canon 6D and that 24-70mm f/2.8 II with 2 off camera flashes


  • Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • ISO: 250
  • Focal length: 70mm

I had a more adorable mommy and son moment envisioned for this week's prompt, but Daniel had other plans. Zero cooperation from him, but that's toddlers for you! 

After the minor setback of my son acting like a diva, I just started photographing him and my wife like I tend to do. It's a personal goal of mine to take more day-to-day photos of my family. I want to document the everyday and show the beauty of the people in my life.

Daniel calls all of my cameras "daddy's cheese", and anytime he sees my camera equipment he says "cheeeese". That moment of him saying "cheeeese" is exactly what I captured. This is actually the first time I captured him saying it! It really is the little things that excite me in life. And it's this little stuff I aim to capture! Sometimes it's luck, and other times it's a matter of waiting with the camera up to my eye.

As for the prompt, this is as close to "filling the frame" as I could get with my lens. Any closer and the poor guy would have gotten a concussion from that huge lens! As a portrait photographer, my goal is to fill the frame with my subject(s). If I'm photographing a family, it's not very exciting if they don't fill the frame or most of the frame. When not filling the frame, the intent is usually to add context, to add to the story being told. After all, a photographer is a visual storyteller. 

I hope you are enjoying these photos and blog posts as much as I am! As a reward for making it this far, here are some other photos I took this week!

Just staring out the window 

Playing with great grandpa in the car. This is probably one of the cutest photos