I teach all my kids to draw what they would see "behind" a picture. They may draw a plane or a tree, but I always encourage them to create a scene. Soon, a new world unfolds as the children delve deeper into their imaginations. Squirrels, balloons, clouds, and cranes fill the void in the landscape.
Scrapbooking is an extremely popular hobby, and I enjoy partaking if I can find the time. I haven't touched my poor books in a few years, but I have several started. There are so many beautiful and creative ways people display their photos.
Photos that tell a story of their family.
Cropping photos is sometimes a necessity, but I love to see what lies in the background. You may catch a glimpse of Great Grandpa taking a snooze on Christmas or a cousin being silly. Life is happening in the distance, not posed in front of the Kodak. Pictures that have "layers" are rich and beautiful, telling a whole story, not just the main idea.
I seldom crop my photos for this very reason.
So in honor of embracing the whole picture and for all the people who "fill" the backgrounds, I have included a few of my favorite family poses. Look into the background and see if you can understand why...