Treasure Chest Thursday: Mission Pamphlets

The resources available to assist missionaries in planning lessons and messages were numerous when my husband served a mission. Missionaries these days have a different collection of resources. And, in ten years or so, there might be even more changes. I thought it was important to photograph the materials he used to teach those he met with on his mission.

Of the two photos, I like the second one better. One of the key points I hear over and over in photography blog posts is the need to get in close. Sure the first photo shows every part of the pamphlets. However, the second one fills the frame and has a more intimate feeling.

This second collection of photos also includes his Chinese dictionaries. Though not specific to our religion, they certainly have been used again and again when a word was needed. The stacked books also served to prop up the photo of the meaning of the whole mission.

Again both photos showcased the same subject. The first one was from a standing level looking down on the items. The second photo is more eye level with the photograph. And again, the second photo feels more intimate because of the change in perspective.

As I’ve learned in the past, grouping items can tell a richer story than photographing items individually. If you can, group your items. This series attemped to demonstrate how prospective can change a good photo to a better one.

When you photograph your personal history items, be sure to get close and photograph from different perspectives. See if these changes take your photos from good to better and perhaps even to great.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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