Personal Photography

Stop chopping off feet in your photos

The holidays are just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the holidays a lot so I’m excited. This coming week is Thanksgiving here in the US which means delicious food, but also getting together with family and friends. I’ve already started seeing photos of Thanksgiving dinners happening on social media which is making me hungry! And with that, the holidays are a time where we take lots of photos with loved ones, am I right?

Now I wanted to share with you a super duper simple tip to improve those family and friend photos this holiday season: Watch for feet!

What did you say??

FEET! Watch for feet!

I dug these photos up from back in 2013 (5 years ago!) when my friend Kim and I would go out and do fun photo shoots. He’s super into fashion and we’d spend a whole day doing outfit and location changes. It was so much fun! Anyway, does something look weird? Look at his feet. Does it look awkward?

It totally looks awkward to me. My brain can’t deal with seeing only some of his feet. I totally wasn’t paying attention. Now, what would happen if I turned my camera vertical?

Omg, this looks so much better. Yay, he has all of his feet in the photo now! I can calm down now and move on with my life.

So, that’s my tip for you! Next time you take someone’s photo and you’re going to do a full body shot, pay attention to the bottom of the frame and look for their feet! There’s a lot more to photographing people beyond this, but I wanted to leave you with this little nugget you can start using today.