I'm always hammering on everyone to keep their backgrounds clean and simple—as a general practice it's solid advice and I stand by it. But as many of you know that if you do always do everything I say you will shoot yourself in the foot—no pun intended. So keep your eyes open and ignore me when you need to.
I love the fact that Angela included the crowd in her Kindergarten graduation photo. It really amplifies the pride and excitement that everyone must have been feeling that day. It would have been tempting to find a neutral blank wall to use as a background, but that would have been a mistake.
We can only imagine the feeling in that little boy's stomach as he went up in front of that cheering audience. And he has a smart, wonderful photo to preserve the moment.