Composition: After lighting, the next thing you want to look at in someone’s portfolio is composition. This basically means, how did they set up the photo? Even when photographers are capturing moments as they happen, we’re still looking for interesting ways to tell the story. Take the below photo, for example. It uses the backs of the the bridemaid’s heads to frame the bride's face as she laughs and has a private moment with her bridesmaids. By doing this, not only do your eyes know exactly where to go the moment you look at the photo, but you also get the added storytelling of seeing the bride's face from the bridemaid’s perspective. As you look through portfolios, ask yourself: Are all the photos taken from the same perspective and angle? How does the photographer make things more interesting? Anything that makes you feel like you are in the moment is good composition.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Peterborough, Ontario.