Interview with Deanne Fitzmaurice


Storytelling & Photojournalism


Lesson Info

Interview with Deanne Fitzmaurice

I am going to bring on the wonderful and delightful miss deanne fitzmaurice who is going to be teaching you're going to see her segment called storytelling and photojournalism dan how are you doing today? Great rest how you doing? Fantastic it's really exciting to have you here always good to see you and chat with u s o tell us a little bit about your foot a week course storytelling and photojournalism yeah what I talk about in this class is my approach I tackle a lot of really difficult subjects I worked with athletes a lot and and I really like to tell their story in an authentic way in a way that hasn't been told before and so has a lot to do with putting people at ease getting them to relax and jets going into their lives and capturing moments and as you can imagine that's a little bit tricky it's tricking in terms of getting access to them first of all and I don't approach it in the ordinary way that most people tio which is to ask permission you know normally when you're going to...

approach an athlete our project like that you have to go through the team you have to go through that agents and I tried that and just feel a lot of wiles right? So I started to just make connections with the athletes tell tell them why I want to do these stories and and was able to make access in and get into their lives in a re away on dh so from that point on my work is about making a real connection with my subject about building relationships and there's a lot of perseverance along wet so they may agree in the beginning but then I started tracking this project so you know, how do I handle that on display a fine line that you have to walk there because you have to be persistent but you don't want to be a pain right now, right? Because that's not going to get the best out of the subject for sure I love that so we're really excited to be able to actually watch the segment coming up so we're going to learn a lot about that but I'm sure I mean you europe pulitzer prize winning journalist what are the questions that you get asked a lot from people who either want to do what you're doing or just interested in what you do? Um besides, would you review my portfolio? Um you know, I think they really want to know about storytelling and how do you do that? How do you sequence these images together? Because you know there's a lot too understand about transitioning and and pacing and, you know, I'm doing that with still photography I'm also doing that with multimedia, you know, adding video and audio at times so I think you know, most of the questions are about storytelling and so I think it's just a matter of breaking it down and taking it piece by piece and it's a lot of fun building these stories that is challenging too as fantastic so that is really cool so you've been doing this for a while what are something that you what are some things that you wish you had known when you got started? I mean, it sounds like you've kind of gone through a process over your career of like, how do I approach this way? Does this work or should I approach this way? So what are some things that you wish you had known when you got started? I mean, the thing that I'm so surprised at is how important relationships are and not only with your subject with the person that you're photographing but everybody around you whether it's the doorman, the elevator's guide, the security guy, those relationships are so important um, you know, in addition to that, I think the relationships that we make in the industry, the community that we build is huge, you know, when I think about a lot of shoots that I'm doing these days, I'm working with the people why are built relationships with over ten years? So I do think that that's a big part of it is relationships on all on all aspects of what we do it's beautiful I mean that's something that I think a lot of people get into photography because they kind of want to hide behind the camera but it sounds like one of the ways to be successful is to really just get out there and meet the people and talk to the top to the people that are around you inform those relationships I love that so you did mention some of the things that you're doing these days? What are your what are some things recently that you've done that you're proud of or what have you got going on these days? I'm a lot of different things I did a recent shoot for national geographic and it's on their website today just nationalgeographic dot com and it's you see it there I believe it's on the front page and it's a story about this a teen wonder he is a child prodigy and at the age of fourteen he built a nuclear reactor whoa beyond brilliant and he's using this knowledge for you know I'm thinking about energy thinking about ways teo you know address is just is a riel inland kid he sounds like he's nineteen now his name is taylor wilson so he's brilliant it was a rail honor to be able to photograph him wow, that sounds like it would be really cool yeah, so that's up on the website now and and a lot of different projects have been doing some projects for espn the magazine recent project that I can't talk about it yet because it hasn't been published, okay? And I'm somewhere for nbc and and men's journal and, you know, various different publications fantastic. And if people do want to see these as they come out and follow you, where's the best place to find you online, different places and I have a block and you go to my web site tidiane fitzmorris dot com you can find my block there also on facebook. I'm damn fitzmorris photography twitter at dan sits so yeah, actually try toe post things as they come up beautiful. So, dan, I want to say a huge thank you for joining us today for taking the time out of your schedule to say hi to us and just chat for a little bit. We are really excited. Tio watch your course. Great. Thank you so much, it's. Always great working with you all that creative live and it's. A big honor to be part of a foot a week that's. Very well, it's an honor to have you so thank you again for your time.

Class Description

Storytelling has been an integral part of human cultures and societies we first started communicating. Effective use of imagery adds unmatched depth to the telling and understanding of a story. Thanks to the accessibility of new tools and technology, such as HDSLR cameras, and an abundance of outlets for stories on the web, visual storytelling has evolved from a simple illustration on a cave wall to motion on your mobile device.

Despite this technological revolution, the core fundamentals of storytelling have always stayed the same.

From the single image, to the photo essay, and personal project, award-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice will discuss how to effectively tell your story visually using the principles of documentary photography and photojournalism while remaining authentic and making a personal connection with both the subject and the viewer.


Rodrigo Reyes

I recommend this course for beginners or people who want to jump into the photojournalism world. There are nice tips. But I want more content about how to construct a photo-essay before, during and after finished the assignment. The basic steps about how to construct the story before to present to the editors: some tips (shoot portraits, ambient scenes, time, places) about how to construct the sequence of the story.