February - Minimalism & Negative Space Photo Challenge

If you're into photography and on social media, you've probably come across some of the many photography challenges out there. I'm normally pretty terrible at committing to photography projects; but when a new challenge popped up this year, I knew it was going to suit me perfectly. It's called p52clicks, and it focuses on ONE technique each month for a year. February was all about minimalism and negative space.

How to get your kid to sit still for a photo 101: give him ALL the ice cream. In this image, I used leading lines to draw the eye in toward my cute little subject, and add some visual interest.

How to get your kid to sit still for a photo 101: give him ALL the ice cream. In this image, I used leading lines to draw the eye in toward my cute little subject, and add some visual interest.

To me, minimalism in photography is about so much more than not having visual clutter in an image... It's focusing on what's truly important; and minimising distractions to tell a more powerful story. Similarly, using negative space often draws the eye to the most important element of an image.

In this image, I love how the negative space either side of the doorframe leads the eye right to my cheeky monkey. I even love the scattered toys in the image... Because that's what life with kids is like!

In this image, I love how the negative space either side of the doorframe leads the eye right to my cheeky monkey. I even love the scattered toys in the image... Because that's what life with kids is like!

So, I didn't get out and shoot anywhere near as much as usual. I blame it on a certain ADDICTIVE photo competition which ran throughout Feb. Shoot & Share entrants, you'll know what I mean! I did have a few days where I managed to get in some photography time. My widest lens is 35mm, and up until this month I was convinced I didn't need wider... Well, I couldn't quite get enough of the scene into a lot of my images, and now I'm certain I just NEED a 24mm! 

In this image, I really wanted to capture Remy in the triangle of concrete. I had to wait until just the right moment to capture him passing through!

In this image, I really wanted to capture Remy in the triangle of concrete. I had to wait until just the right moment to capture him passing through!

I'm not going to lie, I actually found this month's challenge a little harder than I expected. I didn't want to go for the easy option of posing the kids up against a wall. Not that I don't love those images (so many cool walls out there), but I've done that before and I wanted to push myself.

The sun filtering through this tree was too pretty not to capture.

The sun filtering through this tree was too pretty not to capture.

As most of this month's images were taken on the fly, many were taken around the house when the boys were just hanging out. Scroll through the slideshow below to see my fave images from the February challenge theme.

Today's post is part of a blog loop for the minimalism and negative space challenge theme! Next up, Thuvan from Frame This Moment Photography. Click HERE to read her post, and click through until you've completed the loop!