A repeated pattern is one of my favorite composition tools that I often use to elevate my photography. Repeated patterns can occur naturally or can be “manmade,” but in either case, it occurs when an element is repeated throughout the frame of a photographic image. It can be repeated once or multiple times. In the shot above of the fountains, the reflection creates a pattern that gives a beautiful symmetry to the composition.
Below, a similar shot taken at Crystal Bridges Museum shows how using a reflection can create an interesting pattern. Imagine those same shot cut in half, eliminating the pattern. I can imagine it a less compelling image.
A repeated pattern doesn’t have to be the subject of an image. In fact, some of my favorite images use patterns to lead into a subject. The image of Ellie below shows exactly what I mean. Notice the dots are in a perfect pattern leaning into her. Using this composition tool is a perfect way to lead the viewer’s eye into the subject of the image.
A lot of times I use the repeated pattern technique to photograph details on the wedding day. Perfectly placed chairs are my favorite.
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Dale Benfield is a Luxury Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photography and has been named one of the best Luxury Wedding Photographer in the world while serving Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Destination Weddings. Benfield Photography is a Fine Art Bespoke Wedding Photography Studio and is a staple in NW Arkansas and has photographed luxury weddings, Italy weddings, celebrity weddings, private estate weddings, Crystal Bridges weddings, Carnall Hall weddings, Weddings at Osage House, Bachelor Nation Weddings, and more.
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