7 Photo Tips for Framing

"Framing" is the composition technique of surrounding the subject with elements in the photo to bring attention to the subject. Framing also serves to separate the subject from the background to give it more of its own space.

Here are a few examples of framing from the professional photographers of Fearless Family Photographers to illustrate the variety and creative use of this technique.

What can be used for framing?

1. WINDOWS & DOORS ARE THE EASIEST

The most commonly used frames are door frames and window frames. They are ever present and readily available for our use. They are almost irresistible!
Adam Kealing
Adam Kealing
Austin
Katrin Küllenberg
Katrin Küllenberg
Düsseldorf
Sabine Doppelhofer
Sabine Doppelhofer
Graz
Loren Haar
Loren Haar
Ventura, CA
Ken Pak
Ken Pak
Washington DC
Michael Bouton
Michael Bouton
Strasbourg
Miguel Onieva
Miguel Onieva
Madrid
Katrin Küllenberg
Katrin Küllenberg
Düsseldorf
Katharine Green
Katharine Green
Monument, CO
Yana Peneva
Yana Peneva
Varna
Adam Kealing
Adam Kealing
Austin
Katrin Küllenberg
Katrin Küllenberg
Düsseldorf
Fábio Figueiredo
Fábio Figueiredo
Rio de Janeiro
Jean Pierre Boudon
Jean Pierre Boudon
Temuco

2. MIRRORS WORK TOO

Mirrors usually have distinctive borders that make natural frames. Speaking of frames, eye glasses can be frames too.
Jason Vinson
Jason Vinson
Bentonville
Thiago Gimenes
Thiago Gimenes
São Paulo
Kristof Claeys
Kristof Claeys
Bruges
Miguel Onieva
Miguel Onieva
Madrid
Sally Carpenter
Sally Carpenter
Woodstock, VT
Ken Pak
Ken Pak
Washington DC
Kristof Claeys
Kristof Claeys
Bruges

3. LOOK FOR ROUND SHAPES

Frames do not have to be rectangles or squares. Look for round or circular objects.
Tim Chin
Tim Chin
Montreal
Kristof Claeys
Kristof Claeys
Bruges
Ufuk Sarisen
Ufuk Sarisen
Istanbul
Julie Verlinden
Julie Verlinden
New Orleans
Poliana Cerqueira Pereira
Poliana Cerqueira Pereira
Ribeirão Preto
Ufuk Sarisen
Ufuk Sarisen
Istanbul

4. USE THE SHADOWS

Shadows or dark areas can surround the subject and be used as frames.
Katrin Küllenberg
Katrin Küllenberg
Düsseldorf
Michael Bouton
Michael Bouton
Strasbourg
Jason Vinson
Jason Vinson
Bentonville
Romulo Ueda
Romulo Ueda
Madison
Katharine Green
Katharine Green
Monument, CO
Katrin Küllenberg
Katrin Küllenberg
Düsseldorf

5. NATURE IS ALWAYS THERE

Look to nature for natural frames.
Kathryn Wallace Yeaton
Kathryn Wallace Yeaton
East Greenwich, RI
Nick Stewart
Nick Stewart
Sydney
Kristof Claeys
Kristof Claeys
Bruges
Nick Stewart
Nick Stewart
Sydney

6. PEOPLE, BUT MOSTLY ARMS & LEGS

People, with their arms and legs, can make for some fun and unpredictable framing elements.
Elke Van Rulo
Elke Van Rulo
Antwerp
Tim Chin
Tim Chin
Montreal
Thiago Gimenes
Thiago Gimenes
São Paulo
Ken Pak
Ken Pak
Washington DC
Anupa Shah
Anupa Shah
Mumbai
Miguel Onieva
Miguel Onieva
Madrid

7. ANYTHING!!!

Of course, anything can serve as frames in your photos.

Get creative!

Have fun!
Els Korsten
Els Korsten
's Hertogenbosch
Sabine Doppelhofer
Sabine Doppelhofer
Graz
Tatyana Chohadjieva
Tatyana Chohadjieva
Sofia
Sally Carpenter
Sally Carpenter
Woodstock, VT
Ufuk Sarisen
Ufuk Sarisen
Istanbul
Tim Chin
Tim Chin
Montreal
Loren Haar
Loren Haar
Ventura, CA
Michael Bouton
Michael Bouton
Strasbourg
Sabine Doppelhofer
Sabine Doppelhofer
Graz
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