More Wise Words From Zack Arias

I’ve written about Zack Arias before, and he’s a pretty smart guy.  Not only a great photographer, but an inspiring writer and speaker, and I thought I’d share something he wrote here.  In his Photography Q&A book he recounts a short story about a couple who brought in a picture for enlargement to be put on top of a casket at a funeral, and it was a terrible photo in bad light, a bad background….  a snapshot.  He goes on:

When I got back into photography I remembered that photo. This may sound weird—every time I photograph someone I think about their funeral. It is my goal to get a great photo of whoever is in front of my camera, one that is worthy of being enlarged and placed next to their casket. Everyone needs a great portrait. Everyone is going to leave it behind. The portrait that gets left behind needs to be the best it can be. I’m serious; I think about this on every shoot.

Zack Arias

Now when I make pictures of people, I think about what Zack said.  I really do.  No one deserves their last picture to be a bad selfie with duck lips and an open bathroom stall in the background.  At least it should be a good selfie 🙂

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