My Top 5 Suggestions For Taking Better Photographs

Hello again friends! I frequently receive questions from people asking if I have any advice on how they can improve their photographs. In today’s blog I am compiling my TOP 5 suggestions on how you can achieve better photos. Wether you are a professional photographer or just wanting to share fun photos on Facebook, these tips are for you!

Tip 1) The Rule of Thirds!

When preparing to take a photograph, look at your scene and divide it into 3 sections. You want to line your photos in the first or third section. This makes for a much more aesthetically pleasing photograph. I posted two examples with a grid below. In the top photograph, the subject is aligned in the left of the photo & the bottom is aligned in the center. The bottom is boring and appears a bit cut off in the direction the subject is looking.

Tip 2) Leading Lines!

Take advantage of lines that you see in your surroundings. For Macey and Pat’s college senior session, the lines on the building really carry the eye upward instead of just focusing on the two people. The pathway in the family session carries your eye past the children and all the way down the sidewalk. Both photos give the viewer more to look at other than just the main subject and carries the eye all the way through the photo. Leading lines are also great when taking landscape and nature photos.


Tip 3) Don’t be afraid to move in close!

So many times I see people afraid to cut out anything in their photographs. Sometimes, it’s great to have a photo that captures all of the surroundings, but moving in close captures emotion. Both of my examples below are photos from when I first started my photography business years ago, but they are still two of my favorites. I love that the photo of my cat captures all of the detail in his face, even the speckles on his nose. The photo from Jordan’s senior session takes out the distractions from the background and allows us to focus on all of her beautiful features. Because I moved in so close, the viewer is able to make an emotional connection with the eyes of both subjects. After all, the eyes are the window to the soul! 🙂

Tip 4) Get above your subject!

Getting at an angle that is above your subject is a very simple, yet easy way to flatter your subject. It allows the subject to be looking up at you and get’s rid of double chin or other issues. I’m ridiculously short so I always have to stand on something…but hey, anything for the shot! 😉

Tip 5) Pay attention to horizon lines!

This tip applies to landscape and portrait photography. Horizon lines are similar to the rule of thirds because we want to make sure we aren’t splitting the photo directly in half with the subject. In my top photo, the sky is only taking up the top 3rd of the image which allows it not to over power the rest of the beach. In the second photo, I focused mainly on the ground flowers. Only the top third of the photo shows sky and trees. Horizon lines help to let you pick what you want to be the focal point of the photograph.

Well friends, those are my top 5 tips to better your photos! I hope all of you mamarazzi’s and budding photographers learned something that will help you to capture all the fun in your day-to-day life that you don’t want to miss!



  1. Kennedy Lazar

    April 5th, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve been looking for an article like this and it was so helpful! Thank you so much!

  2. Ashley

    April 5th, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I’m so glad you found it helpful!

  3. Mary

    April 6th, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Ashley. I’ll try to remember some of these helpful hints.

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