!(https://i.imgur.com/iXUKkqA.jpg) My niece will be celebrating her 7th birthday this coming July. And as a common practice, parents usually spend so much time, effort, and money to mke sure that the party for the 7th birthday will be one to remember. There are actually a couple of numbers that need some extra effort for celebration- 1st, 7th, 13th, 18th (for girls), 21st (for boys), and I'm pretty sure there are other ages that need to be given a special party. I'm not quite sure why and how they came up with these ages but I think these are milestones in one's life. The start of childhood, the start of teenage years, the legal age and so on and so forth. My niece's birthday is at the first week of July but the available slot for the venue that's nearest that day is the last week of June. And so we begin our preparations for her pool party. The first thing we did is the photoshoot. I'm not a professional photographer and photographing posed people is one of my many weaknesses in the art of photography. But I do know some basics so whenever I get the chance, I make it a point to practice. I applied some of the rules of photogrphy I learned from various articles in magazines and books. And of course, I did break some of them as advised by some of my photographer friends. !(https://i.imgur.com/3YVVpBr.jpg) I applied the **dead center photography style**. All you need to do is to put the focal point at the dead center of the photograph. I don't usually use this style so I thought of giving it a try. !(https://i.imgur.com/4cGKrpm.jpg) **Framing** if I am wording it correctly, is kind of putting your subject in a *frame* in your photograph. I think this really extracts the creative juices from a photographer as one can use anything to *frame* the subject. Be it a window, or a shape that encloses the subject or maybe twigs or vines or flowers. In this case, I used the grass (which was really itchy, by the way) to frame my niece's face.I sort of broke the rule as well by letting some og those grass thingies cover some parts of her face. It created a cool effect on the photo. !(https://i.imgur.com/pJrCvCc.jpg) And lastly, my favorite and most used, rule of thirds. Here, you sort of divide the screen into three parts and put your focal point at 1/3 of the screen to let the background (which usually would highlight the bokeh) occupy 2/3 of the screen. You cn also try tilting the angles but I would suggest you steer away from the angle where your model is looking down. It's not too flattering. But of course, the beauty of photography is knowing the rules and learning how to break them so you cn create the effect you want to achieve. !(https://i.imgur.com/uC6M4yX.jpg) And after the photoshoot, don't forget that selfie with your model. I used my Oppo A83.phone for all the photos. Cover image edited through Canva (added texts) and the rest, edited through Photo Editor app (added vignette and signature).