What makes an image powerful?

What makes an image powerful?

As you may already know I have access to lots of props. I love experimenting with different photography genres and styles, and I go from classy simple portraits to very complicated Photoshop Composites. But, what really makes an image powerful?

It goes beyond any photography or photoshop technique. It is all about emotion, connection, and light, of course.

The three images I am sharing with you below, are a great example of that. I had lots of props to use for this session, but as soon as I saw my client’s outfit I knew we were not going to need any of them. Her styling was amazing, but I think it goes beyond that.

I could see how these images were so important to her, and I could really sense how present she was in the moment, and how connected she was with the concept. All that translated to the pictures I got, and to what the viewers feel and how they connect to the images.

This is the reason why it is so important for me as a photographer to get to know my clients before our session. I don’t mean I necessarily have to meet them in person, but I make sure that we have time to discuss their likes, dislikes, what they do in their free time, their personal style, etc.

That way I can make a shared mood board and start deciphering the direction of our shoot. When my clients feel connected to the concept we are shooting, they feel comfortable, and it totally makes a difference in the images I capture. So, always make sure to brainstorm and get as much information as possible from your clients before the photoshoot.

All these images were shot in my living room against a Franklin Backdrop, with two Elinchrom strobes. One with a 39″ deep octa as my main light and the other one with a 27.5″ deep octa below my subject for fill.

I used my Nikon Z7 and a 24-70mm f/4 Z mount lens.

Light diagram made with Elixxier Software, Set.A.Light

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