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Conceptual Themes You Should Consider For Your Photography

Decades of photography have resulted in recognizable themes. These conceptual themes can be recreated any number of ways and still carry with it the significance and meaning that may not at first be apparent. Adding additional depth to a photograph, understanding these conceptual themes and working them into you photography is a great skill to have. With that in mind, lets take a moment to review some common conceptual themes in Las Vegas that are as recognizable as they are reproducible.

1. The Concept Of Being Trapped

A popular image is one that conveys being trapped. The emphasis in the visual image is of a person or thing clearly restrained in some way. The implications of such a shot can reflect feeling not only physically trapped, but emotionally or psychologically as well. It plays on an internal need for freedom and self determination while making visible in a visual sense the challenges that we may feel to get to such a point. Because of this, it is easy for viewers to insert themselves into the photo and more easily relate to it.

2. Standing Out

‘Standing out’ photos are those where a single element of the image creates a stark contrast between itself and the rest of the photo. Black sheep in a field of white sheep, a note of vibrant color in a dulled out backdrop, or any situation where a single visual thing stands out is perfect for this type of photo. In addition, you can work to have the contrast be indirect, and play more on emotions. Finally, the standing out style of photos create amazing contrasts that are unified by any form of symmetry in the image format. An excellent example is the yin-yang symbols where the dots stand out yet are harmonized in the unity of the image.

3. The Decision

Sometimes in life we have to decide between two different courses of action without knowing which one is best. Causing stress, uncertainty, potential, or limited choices, the decision photo encapsulates these emotions through the elements you choose to focus on. The juxtaposition between various elements can help the photo come to life, explaining in greater detail visually the context with the decision at hand. Popular examples are of an individual from behind standing at a fork along a path or an individual holding two different objects in their hand. No matter what way you structure it, the decision is a good photo theme because lends itself well to interpretation.

4. The Jump

A popular photo request at Las Vegas Photographers is to request a jumping photo. An otherwise still shot, the jump is a theme where a single aspect of the image is clearly in movement. Captured and still only for the split second when the photo was taken, the jump lends itself well to interpretation on the part of the observer. Whether the task is in figuring out what is really going on in the photo or simply cringing with the knowledge of what is about to happen, the jump is an excellent way to engage people with the subject matter at hand.

When To Hire A Photographer vs DIY

How Important Are the Pictures

Amateur photographers can sometimes luck up and take some great photos. But if it’s your wedding day or some other moment in your life that you want to make sure is properly documented, hiring a pro is the way to go.

Consider Your Budget

Getting some pictures of your child’s first birthday party, first game, or kindergarten may be important to you. You may also want some pictures of your first car or first home to add to your records. However, unless you’ve got money to burn, these are pictures you can probably take yourself and get good enough results.

Once In a Lifetime Experiences

Your wedding is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It can yield some photos you will display prominently or want to keep for the rest of your life. That’s no time to take a chance an amateur photographer will be able to do the job right. That is one occasion you should pay whatever it costs to get high-quality and professional portrait photos taken or you may regret it forever.

Accident Scene Photos

When you’ve been in an accident whether it’s in your automobile, your home, or a slip and fall in a store, having pictures of important elements of the scene can mean the difference between winning your case and losing tens of thousands of dollars. While having a professional take those pictures would be great, taking a few clear shots of the scene yourself is usually good enough. Plus things can change so quickly, it might be impossible for a professional photographer to get here in time.

Your Baby’s First…

When you have children, there’ll be a lot of firsts. Documenting them with photographs is a great idea. They will give you memories to last a lifetime. However, having a professional photographer present for the birth of your child, their first steps, or first day of school can be near impossible. In those situations taking those photos yourself will usually be good enough and your only realistic option.


Graduation pictures can be very important. They are often pictures you’ll cherish all your life. When faced with the dilemma of whether or not to use a professional photographer, it often comes down to how much it will cost and how important great graduation photos are to you.

Deciding when to use a professional photographer and when to take the photographs yourself can be tricky. It often comes down to when the event happens, how important it is, and what it will cost to have a professional take the photos in Las Vegas.