Active Listening

Meeting new people and hearing their story never gets old.

It’s something that I intentionally seek out when I have a subject in front of my camera. Encouraging that person to talk puts them at ease and builds a rapport. This leads to better photographs.

The candor with which some people speak can sometimes stagger me, almost to the point of distraction. There’s something about the presence of a camera that paradoxically invites some people to reveal quite a lot.

It becomes magical when the stories are told with more than just words.

One could call it non-verbal communication or even performance art.

Either way, it’s wonderful to see it unfold in front of me. It challenges me to capture the moment for others to see.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.