Documentary and Portraiture: Maintaining Personal Style with Clients – by Jeffrey Walcott

Walking a Sunflower solar irrigation pump solar panel through the rows of drip irrigation at a farm in Kendu Bay, Kenya.

Walking a Sunflower solar irrigation pump solar panel through the rows of drip irrigation at a farm in Kendu Bay, Kenya.

Kenya-based documentary photographer Jeffrey Walcott discusses the visual balance of  shooting on assignment vs personal projects and shares two projects he worked on where he effectively illustrated his clients’ stories.

Shooting on assignment, versus for individual artistic projects, is always an interesting balance. My true passion in photography is portraiture and documentary. But, while I love to capture the stories in people’s faces, and the candid moments that define their lives, clients have special requests that are tailored to their business needs. While I tell all my clients that, as I was trained as a photojournalist, my style tends to be very documentary, gravitating towards unscripted moments as opposed to directed shoots, if I’m on their payroll, it’s their opinion that matters. I understand that while I’m hired because of my vision and style, I also need to produce a set of photographs that depicts the scenes they most need. The magic happens when my vision, my style, can effectively convey a clients desired message in a unique voice, a story that only I can tell.

Continue reading and see more photos on Jeffrey’s blog.

A farmer and his crops, mostly banana trees, in Kendu Bay, Kenya.

A farmer and his crops, mostly banana trees, in Kendu Bay, Kenya.

A group of children in Kisumu, Kenya sit in the courtyard between their houses in the neighborhood of Nyalenda B. They are lit by one solar lamp as the sun sets.

A group of children in Kisumu, Kenya sit in the courtyard between their houses in the neighborhood of Nyalenda B. They are lit by one solar lamp as the sun sets.

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