Storytelling in a single frame.
Photos can be very powerful, informative and emotional.
Capturing the experience of people in their normal walk of life or during special occasions is always a dynamic activity full of possibilities and the unique instance yet to be discovered. Individuals, couples, small groups and large audiences reflect their surroundings even if it is a white walled studio.
Places can be anywhere from a room in a school to the top of a mountain to the middle of an ocean. Sometimes the place contains people and things and other times the place is complete without any man made objects or humans.
Places also contain a sprit and the magic is to make it shine through the motionless pixels.
In my definition 'Things' include everything that is not a people or place. Many times the things are not moving but figuring out how to bring their surrounding into the frame can help bring them to life.
Events can include people, places and things and many times are loaded with the need for speed and luck. People passing in a parade won't back up and go by again. Presentations made on stage only happen once.
I've learned overt time that if possible scouting the location beforehand pays off and being ready with more than one camera (each with a different type of lens) helps. I also end up taking an overwhelmingly large number of photos to help eliminate anomalies that can happen from one Nano second to the next. Someone in the group shot blinks, a person or object passes in front of the main subject, the special smile of the child is only their for a second.
The saying goes that working with children and animals are always risky business. Some of my favorite professional and personal photos involve these two classifications of "wild."