13. How Studying Movies Can Improve Your Photographic Storytelling w/ João Guedes


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João Guedes has lived and traveled all over the world, and brings his passion for culture and new experiences to his photography. Inspired by anything related to cinematography, João developed his skills behind the camera as a way to work from anywhere in the world. Today he is sharing with us which cities and films have most inspired him, how to find your personal voice and key lessons he has learned along the way.

João’s latest project, The Diaries, is his perception on a woman's intimate world, and was created out of curiosity to express his viewpoint. By focusing on the motive behind an image, and taking technical and slow steps to create the perfect scene, João has mastered the line between composition and creativity.

How do you feel about the vulnerability and mise-en-scene João creates in his photos? Let us know your thoughts in regards to his creative process in the comments on the episode page!

In This Episode

  • How João is inspired by the way stories are told through movies
  • The pros and cons of storyboarding
  • Ways to enhance your images through deeper mood connection
  • The gear and workflow process behind The Diaries
  • Three elements you must master in order to transform your composition into something unique


“I think working with anything in cinematography or like photography movies, would be a dream for sure.” (6:00)

“People are just people, and even though you feel like you are in different cultures, in the end, we are all very similar.” (10:23)

“I think my connections to movies is a lot bigger than my connection to photography itself” (18:06)

“If I’m doing personal work, I'm definitely shooting with someone that at least shows on some level, that they see something in my work that they want to be a part of” (29:23)

“You tell the story you want to tell, it doesn't really matter, the truth. You tell your truth, right.” (33:02)


The Experience

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