How I Photographed The First Day of School

September 2022 First day of school photos are a classic family rite. Our boys went back to school two weeks a go and I took the last First Day of School pic of my son Alexander. He’s a senior this year.  (Of course there will be off-to-college pics next year,...

How to Pace Your Photo Stories

Last weekend I viewed a set of photographs that showed up on my iPhone—and beautiful photographs they are! But there was something about the pacing of this photo story that caused me to second guess some presentation decisions The New York Times made that we all face...

Top 50 Fan Photos of 2021

#1. Louise Bradt   The child is almost secondary for me in this wonderful family photo. What I find so delightful is the way those curved sprinkle lines from the upper left-hand corner find their way to that goofy face on the father holding the sprinkler. This is...

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#2. BevAnne Moynham   BevAnne has given us many wonderful nature/animal photographs over the years, but this may be the very best. It’s like sculpture. We have all been inspired by the way you’ve grown as a photographer. There is no doubt you are making the...

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#3. Laureen Dickinson’s daughter   This photograph is thoughtful and brave. Sometimes it’s best if I just keep my mouth closed. Here are Laureen’s words which are as powerful as the photograph: “Taken this morning by our daughter at the Drs. My husband was just...

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#4. Janice Phillips   Janice was given 30 minutes of photo time at the local hockey arena to execute her fairly complicated double exposure. Then there’s the hours of editing and cutting and pasting when you get back home. The end is a seamless and polished dream...

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#5. Barbara Ann   This one broke me up. Here’s what Barbara said: “My 22-year-old son Dillon saying goodbye to our 19-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel MaCree. The vet entered the room a few moments later. When it was over he comforted Dillon by telling him...

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#6. Kay Keeshan   Kay has done such a fine job of describing the scene I will just let her words do it. “Boys (at this age) are just not sure about receiving a kiss from a girl, especially from their sister – yuck. This photo takes me back (many years ago)...

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#7. Mike Cummins   Mike followed a pretty dependable formula to track this photograph down. He saw a dramatic sky and jumped in the car to see what he could see. He saw this. There are certain photographs that are about the medium and not the message. For me,...

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#8. Carol Klein VanLaan   Lighting becomes “back” lighting when the light source is back behind the subject. When back lighting is good it’s REALLY good. Hollywood loves back lighting. Walt Disney loved back lighting. Yes, Snow White is full of it. I think I can...

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#9. Robert Rear   Every time Robert posts a photograph of an eagle on this site I think it’s one of the best pictures of an eagle I’ve ever seen and then he posts another picture. We are so lucky to have you sharing with us, Robert. Thank you. The story behind...

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#10. Heather Killoran Rees   This is a pretty spectacular portrait of a spectacular creature—a praying mantis. The whole scene appears to be made of glass. Apparently it had just rained or that’s early morning dew. The contrast of the green bug against the red...

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#11. Steve Shinsky   If I told you that Steve had his helicopter painted red just so it would make a nice color coordinated photograph of him and his wife would you believe me? Well, I just made that up, I think they were in Alaska and hired a helicopter ride....

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#12. Terryl Hicks   You don’t have to love sports or even like sports to appreciate the beauty and humanity of what keeps coming out of Terryl‘s camera. When you reach a certain level of competence and artistry in photography it’s time to latch onto one subject...

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#13. Leila Thompson Flavell   I’ve known several photographers like Leila. They only shoot good photographs. Or at least they create the illusion that they only shoot good photographs. They actually shoot some marginal photographs like the rest of us but they...

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#14. Vicki Finlay   She spent a few hours at the arboretum and found this treasure. I love the idea that the composition and lighting simply reinforce how beautiful and exquisite the flowers are. They all become one, in the same spirit. It’s a joy to shoot a...

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#15. Lorie Caruso Mutschler   She got a make-up kit for her birthday and immediately became time to do great grandma’s make-up. One minute these little ones are squirming around in their diapers and the next minute they’re doing great grandma’s makeup. It’s hard...

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#16. Nicole Ethridge   The girls were a little younger then, but there they are still in the dark, alone but together. It’s silly of me, of course, to point out that photographs help preserve memories. But it’s a very different experience to say it than to see it...

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#17. Terri Van Den Einde   I like this photograph so much because it’s dramatic and well-composed. Obviously, the lighting is beautiful, too. But the photograph itself is so unusual. We’ve had so many pictures of football players posted here over the years and...

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#18. Belinda Anne Stanley   I honestly hate to come off as sounding so clinical here. This is such a wonderful example of getting close to your subject in the interest of telling a story. What do you show? What do you not show? The answer is often show what you...

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