Have you ever had your breath taken away by a photograph? The kind that tugs at your heartstrings with raw, unfiltered emotions, so palpable, they could touch even a stone-hearted viewer? That’s the kind of magic I aim to weave behind the lens in each of my photoshoots. It is a roller coaster of unplanned moments, impulsive decisions, spur-of-the-moment changes, and of course, relentless battles with unpredictable surroundings and weather.
Here’s something surprising: according to a report by PR Newswire, as much as 90% of human communication is non-verbal. And as photographers, one of our biggest tasks is capturing this unspoken communication that lies beneath the mundane.
An Unexpected Shower and a Memorable Photoshoot
Alright, story time. Once, in the middle of a lively family photoshoot, Mother Nature decided to play her cards. It was forecasted to be a sunny day perfect for the outdoor shoot we planned; Well, think again. It started raining cats and dogs just when we were ready to roll! The nervous family looked at me, their eyes filled with anticipation. What next?
Before panic could set in, my past experiences with ‘unexpected’ celebrity photoshoots kicked in. Those taught me alternative plans are as vital as the primary plans. And sometimes they take the glory. ‘Change of plans, folks! Let’s rock this right here, right now,’ I exclaimed, pointing towards the front porch of their rustic home. And voila! The images we created in that sudden downpour were pure, emotive, real – photographic poetry.
Unveiling The Unspoken with Every Frame
Clicking a shutter is much more than mere button-pressing. It’s about mediating with your subject and environment, tuning into the silent symphony of emotions that vibrates around. So how does one truly capture what’s left unsaid? The answer’s simple yet complex. Listen with your camera. Let it be an extension of your senses.
Take for instance, a little girl I recently photographed. Although she was slightly shy at the beginning of our session, something sparked joy in her when she spotted her favorite teddy in her mom’s hand. That spontaneous burst of childlike happiness, you ask? It’s picture-perfect in the most authentic sense. The result was a candid shot, capturing pure joy. Uncrafted, unstaged, untouched; It’s these raw and candid moments that truly make a picture speak a thousand words.
Yet, this is just a glimpse into the unpredictably beautiful world of photography that lies behind each captivating photo. A wise man once said, ‘There’s more to a picture than meets the eye,’ and indeed, there is.
Turning the Lens Inward
At the root of it all, capturing emotions is a deeply introspective process; an inward journey as much as an outward one. As photographers, we ought to present our hearts, vulnerable and open, to the world around us. We need to feel the air, read the room, sense the energy. It’s about being present and being patient. Only then can one reconcile the myriad emotions swirling around at a photoshoot and distill them into a frame.
Every click of the camera ends up being a reflection of both the subject and the photographer. It’s like looking into a mirror that shows two reflections – one you see and one you feel. As I venture further into this journey, every photo I capture helps me understand the world a bit better, and in that process, I understand a bit more about myself too.
Have You Listened to a Picture Today?
The art of capturing emotions is a symphony with no set notes – it’s spontaneous, real, and driven by instinct. So, the next time you glance at a photograph, attempt to listen to its unspoken words, feel its quiet emotions. You may just hear a melody that was always there, waiting to be heard.