Upward Tilt

Not everything in life is even and plumb.

The beauty of photography is that it’s a subjective medium. A camera isn’t a Xerox machine or X-ray. Lenses, lighting and composition turn reality into a representation.

When I’m creating a portrait, I’m usually looking slightly upward at my subject. That’s the typical starting point for a short photographer.

In techspeak, this might be defined as a feature instead of a bug.

As long as the upward tilt isn’t too dramatic, this “elevated” view tends to make the subject appear a little grander.

This St. Louis session followed that template.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.