The Photobomb and After

Miss Montana is photobombed by a Toastmaster.

2014 Miss Montana, Victoria Valentine  is photo-bombed by a Toastmaster.

The photo-bomb has become a popular photograph to create and post by many people.  Yet the moment after the photo-bomb can lead two or more great photographs.  The first photo here is a photo-bomb of 2014 Miss Montana, Victoria Valentine, Karen Ward, and a couple of other Toastmasters at the District 78 Fall Conference in Missoula, Montana on October 25, 2014.

Some photographers stop there and do not continue taking any more photographs, which is a big mistake.  The next photograph was taken immediately after the one above, showing the good sense of humor of everyone involved in the moment.


Miss Montana, Karen Ward, and others laugh at the photobomb.

2014 Miss Montana,Victoria Valentine Karen Ward, and others laugh at the photo-bomb.

Make sure that you are continuing to take photographs after the photo-bomb moment.  Use the continuous setting on your camera and take several photographs rapidly within a few seconds.  By doing that you will end up with three or more photographs that will be very memorable for you and your subjects.  Creating several photographs will help you tell a great and complete story.  This will also help lead to many more comments on your photography.  Make sure your photographs are telling all of the story after the “photo-bomb” moment.  You may end up with a great portrait in addition to the humorous one that happened a few moments earlier.

2014 Miss Montana, Victoria Valentine poses with the photo-bomber, Karen Ward, and others.

2014 Miss Montana, Victoria Valentine poses with the photo-bomber, Karen Ward, and others.


Are you photographing only the one instant, the “photo-bomb” moment?  Or are you willing to continue to keep photographing for a few moments longer to get the great laughter and smiles of everyone there?  Is your camera set up to shoot continuously or only one photograph? What are your thoughts about photographing the moments after the photo-bomb?

About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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