10 of my all-time favourite photography quotes

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There are hundreds of Photography quotes, used all the time.

I love them.

They put into words just how photography fits into my life and mind.

  • “When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”


Always always look, feel and see. The equipment is an extension of our minds and should never be the other way round.

  • “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

This is the quote I've known the longest and one that has followed me for years ... since picking up a camera.  As a big Henri Cartier-Bresson fan it gave me courage made mistakes acceptable and normal, as well as lending a little insight into the learning curve each photographers has no matter their talent, background and vision.

This image marks a turning point in my portrait skills. I remember the excitement at having capture something so gorgeous with limited light in less than optimal surroundings. This was the day II learned that it’s all about the connection between sitter and photographer

  • “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”

Eudora Welty

One of my favourite photography quotes is this one by Eudora Alice Welty. Eudora was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. (source: Wikipedia)

Her thoughts reinforces juts how photos preserve a moment in time in a way that anyone can put themselves back in the moment when the photograph occurred.

I remember clearly taking this shot and the laugh we were having behind the scenes and getting ready to shoot. Whenever I look at this image, I am always taken back to that exact moment in time.

  • “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”


  • “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
     Robert Capa

    This is sooooo true. I never feel I’ve captured something spectacular until I’ve gotten up really close (and personal). The images that emerge are unforgettable and mesmerising.

  • “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Absolutely, if you don’t click with your sitter and have them allow you into their space, make them feel comfortable at you capturing a little something of their uniqueness, the images will be average at best but certainly flat.

  • “When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear”

 Alfred Eisenstaedt

Wow, just wow. Yes and that’s a fact

  • “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”

 Eve Arnold

Mother laughing with her two older sons.jpg

  • “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

Irving Penn

  • “I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”

Diane Arbus

We all know that feeling, ready for a session with strong vivid images in mind. Thoughts jotted down, lighting and posing planned out, only to find once you get to start shooting life has a bunch of different ideas.

This is one of the most exciting parts of photography. The spontaneous. The real. The unplanned reactions and emotions.

There’s always a big element of magic waiting to happen!