Learning from the Masters: The Power of Conversation in Your Session


The concept of photographer/subject interaction has been a fascinating discovery for me this year, especially with my exploration of Beloved.

I have come to strongly believe that if someone is awkward in front of my camera, it is MY FAULT.

The photographer has a huge responsibility to truly learn to see people authentically, and interact in a way that will bring that authenticity to the surface.

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the work of Yousuf Karsh. Many of you likely already recognize some of his famous works of historic celebrities and world leaders.

I’ve had an inspiring time going through his portrait gallery, particularly reading his description of how the photograph came to be. There is a fascinating trend I see in his stories that fuels his interaction with these amazing subjects. Some of these people he had never met until moments before, yet he manages to have the most intriguing conversations during the photo experience that lead to these profound moments on film.

Have you considered before the power of conversation while you shoot? What do you usually talk about when you photograph?

Is it leading to something great?

How do you engage your subject in a way that brings out their soul?

These stories are simply fascinating and illustrate the importance of connecting with who you photograph in a deeper way than polite conversation about the weather will bring.

Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah.  She is energized and fueled through edifying conversation with friends and family.  She would choose a good conversation over a game of cards any day.  This is likely a revealing reason of why she is more comfortable in one on one interaction than a big crowd of people!  Anyone up for a lunch date of eating and chatting?!

Brooke teaches inspiring online photography classes that bring you confidence in your skills and creativity.

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