Jenna Hobbs + The Story Behind

Early on in photography, most of us often make the mistake of moving in far too close to our subject without knowing in the process, we are losing details of the story we are aching to share. As we grow and discover our strengths and style, it is helpful for us to remember that it is OK to get in close again because with our eyes trained, often times we can do it just oh so right this time. That is precisely what we loved about Jenna Hobbs featured image we’re sharing today. With her meticulous eye, Jenna zeroed on each and every important element of her story and while her daughter filled the majority of the frame, it was perfectly intimate and serene. Read on for the details on how Jenna nabbed this lovely portrait.

IG Handle:
@thehobbsfarm and

Where was this photo taken?
This photo was taken in our yard full of dandelions. We live on the Prairies of Alberta, Canada.

How did the location add or hinder to your image?
It definitely added to the image. We live in the country where we don’t spray dandelions, and I love the dandelion chain around her neck. We were also at home, where she is free to be messy and dirty while she plays.

Can you tell us “The Story Behind” this shot?
We were sitting in the grass making flower crowns on a regular day of the week. Hannah, one of my middle children’s, crown had fallen. As she sat in the grass, the details of the fallen crown, her dirty chin and nose, and her lack of smile, drew me right in.

DSLR. Canon 5D Mark III.

What were your camera settings for this image?
ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/5000

What speaks to you about this image? What specifically made you press the shutter?
I love details. I love that this image says summer in more ways than one. I take photos of my children smiling, however I am drawn to the more serious shots of a real moment.

What was your composition technique with this shot?
I chose portrait to get all the details I wanted. The focus is her face, so rule of thirds is used.

Was this photo happenstance or did you visualize it prior? If so, how did you envision the image and set up for it?
I did not visualize it. I saw a moment. Rushed in and grabbed the shot.

For more from the Alberta, Canada’s Jenna Hobbs, check out her SITE and FACEBOOK featuring her life and work among the wildflowers.