What story do your pictures tell?

Every vacation, school concert, awards ceremony , religious  event or family get together … we take pictures. Sometimes they’re funny or blurry or maybe they’re incredibly solemn. But everyone of them may one day be priceless.

The subject of these pictures are of course … the people in them. Actually it might be your cat or car or cow .. but they’re the subjects of the picture.

One way to improve these images is to include the environment. You’re at the fair, show the ferris wheel in the background, at the Grand Canyon or in Paris step back / zoom out  and show the place. It adds to the story that your pictures tell. You were there, you experienced it and you captured a picture of how cool it was.


The engagement session – after the proposal

But then there are times when you can add some interest or value by including a sign or something that helps explain the picture.

Your spouse or child is speaking or performing  at an event – show the crowd, signage, the massive room. If we only get that close up shot we soon forget how epic the night was.

Choir 2


And then there’s theater – the sets, the signage, the costumes and the performance.

Zooming out allows us to see complimentary staging and props that add to the picture of the actor(s).


Of course we all zoom in for that portrait, but there is more to the picture that you may also want to capture.

Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Annie ! Ursuline Academy – Dedham MA {Performance}

Ursuline Academy in Dedham MA presents – Annie ! Yes that mega musical that includes the popular “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow”. 


This talented group of actors hit the stage and totally delivered a great performance


Rough Crossing – Walpole Footlighters – Walpole MA – Dan Busler

The Walpole Footlighters presented Tom Stoppard’s hilarious comedy “Rough Crossing” – The sets were  incredible and the actors were too. 

I did enjoy the stage lighting for this shoot a bit more than others that I shot for Walpole.  I think the color of the light is the reason

But the set was pretty nice

Here’s a shot of the crew. In a community theater like this one, one day you’re in the crew and then the next play, you’re the star!   HA!

But here is an image of the stars of this show.

and here’s a shot video / slide show.


Macbeth – Norwood High – Busler shoots them all

Norwood High School – Norwood MA Presents – Macbeth – the great Shakespearean tragedy. With all of the costumes, the language, the dramatic gestures, the frowns and fighting and well … it’s freaking Shakespeare… you know?

Thanksgiving Rocks! – Norwood High MA – Busler

Images and some video from Thanksgiving Rocks, the Norwood High School – Norwood MA 2009 Comedy Show. And just remember – It’s hard to be a big turkey one day and then have to go to school the next. So, you know, there’s a lesson for you.

Welcome to the Red Carpet – Busler

I was recently asked to shoot a red carpet event for a house party. Now for this to work it would take a great hosts, killer clothes, willing guests and some pumping house music. And we had it all. Oh yea.

This was one of the coolest photography gigs I’ve ever been asked to do. Check out the video and you’ll be wicked jealous of all the fun we had!

Willy Wonka – Norwood High – The Journey

The journey from rehearsal to final performance for a theatrical performance can be a long one. Months of rehearsals, opening night jitters, and then before we know it, it is the final performance. The journey is over and it was over too soon. This is a slideshow of some images from the rehearsals and the final performance of Willy Wonka. The next show is in rehearsals and I want to be there and watch the journey once again.