This week I sat down with the amazing international wedding photographer, Hiram Trillo, and asked him a several questions about impactful photography. He is very well known in the wedding photography world as photographer who takes photos that are emotionally impactful and moving. A photo he took of a bride and groom in Spain won the WPPI 2013 Wedding photojournalism grand prize, an extremely high recognition in the photography world.
Matthew: What is an impactful photo to you?
Hiram: A photo of a decisive moment that tells a story. For example, when photographers shoot weddings they always make sure they get that first kiss on the alter. For me, the first kiss truly happens after they run down the aisle and turn and look at each other and give one another the real first kiss, the one that’s just for them. Moments like those make for very impactful photos.
Matthew: What is one of the most impactful or memorable photos you’ve seen?
Hiram: It’s too hard to pick just one, these are the ones that come to my mind right now:
- The Falling Soldier by Robert Cappa
- Man Jumping Over Puddle By Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Napalm Girl by Nick Ut
- General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon by Eddie Adams
Matthew: When you make photos, are you intentionally trying to make them emotionally impactful?
Matthew: What techniques do you use to make your photos impactful?
Hiram: Use of light, ambient or flash.
Matthew: What is one piece of advice you have for people trying to make memorable photos?
Hiram: Be patient. When you start rushing things you lose sight of what you’re looking for.
This interview wraps up the series of articles about how to make impactful photos. Here are the other article from the Impactful Photography series:
- What is considered an impactful or memorable photo?
- What makes a photo more memorable or impactful than another photo?
- What specific elements of a photo make it so memorable?
- What is it about those elements that leaves such an impact on people?
- How can a photographer or an aspiring photographer take more photos that are more memorable?
- How can a photographer capture intensity in a photograph?
- How do people’s faces affect the memorability of a photograph?