Although there is always something to be said for simplifying photographs, photos with depth and layers of interesting elements can be equally rich.
I want to encourage you to see how much complexity you can add to an image, while still maintaining intention and your focus on the subject.
1. Get Comfortable
Begin by pressing the shutter from the vantage point that comes naturally to you. Wherever you shoot from, this photograph should feel representative of your style or brand.
2. Add Complexity
After you have an image that feels like "you" in your camera, observe the setting more closely and include something else in your next photo. A lamp you would normally cut out of the frame. A weed climbing the red brick of your home. The swirl of the playground slide you were leaning against when you captured the first image. A sibling in the foreground. Typically, this means you will take a step back or change your lens (but this may or may not be true for you).
3. Add Even More Complexity
Repeat the changes you just made, again, or even completely recompose your photograph. Outside the natural frame of your photo, can you capture anything in between you and your subject? Lie down, stand on a chair, and think outside the frame!
How many times can you do this before your images begin to look unpracticed or amateur?
The setting will directly affect how far you can remove yourself from your subject, so be careful that you don't assume that a certain distance is automatically 'too far away' in all settings.
I'd love to see your "before-and-after" photographs! Be sure to tag me on Instagram after you've completed this exercise! I can't wait to see your work!