Monday Motivation: It is More Important…

Model and Adi Barkan

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“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

In the final days of my photo design class the top of discussion among many of my classmates was how difficult it can be to work with people. Some claim that people are too flaky and unreliable. Others stated working with people means that you are at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. As for me, I find that each of these statements can be true but even a nature photographer has to wait for his/her subject to appear or, in the case of a landscape photographer, waiting on just the right moment for the sun to appear (or disappear) is required to capture breath-taking images that move us. The point is, it’s all about how you handle your subject.

When I saw this quote over on the Photofocus blog I immediate thought of the exchanges with my classmates. I complete agree with the premise that as photographers, “it is our job as photographers to set the mood, break the ice, inject confidence, and the one (and only) way is to Talk” (Bollinger). Building a rapport with the people we work with is just as important, if not more so, as capture a great image. Now, I’m a shy fellow but when it comes to working with people I always do my best to learn about them before our session and make their time with me as enjoyable as possible.

Do you have a special way to connect with your clients/subjects? Please share in the comments below; I’d love to hear them!


Bollinger, Stephan. “Portrait Photography – Click with People.” Photofocus. N.p., 30 Jun 2012. Web. 1 Jul 2012. <;.

Monday Motivation: Amateurs Worry About…


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“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light… I 

just take pictures…” – Vernon Trent
I still find myself thinking like an “amateur” sometimes and saying stuff like “I’ll bet I could have gotten the show if I had this, that or the other piece of equipment. The truth is – and, again, I’m still learning this – that  the camera a photographer uses is no more important than the brushes (or graphics tablet) an artist uses. It’s just a tool and only as valuable as the artist wielding it.

While I do want photography to be a profession I don’t want to get so wrapped in the “bottom line” that I forget to enjoy the act of photography. Likewise, I want to master lighting but not at the expense of the moment or more correctly capturing a moment. I think Vernon knew what was important: the experience and joy of taking pictures.

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