Photography Quotes (Fun And Inspirational)

These photography quotes are perfect for those moments when you need some inspiration or encouragement. And sometimes you just want a fresh perspective or a laugh.

As many of these are from established or famous photographers they contain a lot of wisdom.

Most websites re-use the same quotes about photography over and over again, so we tried to go out there and find or collect some interesting new ones as well.

Have a great idea for a quote yourself to inspire other photographers or a funny one straight from experience? Please add them in the comments at the bottom of the page and we’ll add a reader submitted section soon!

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Funny Photography Quotes ?

It doesn’t always have to be serious. As a photographer, you’ll encounter some weird situations. Most of these quotes will certainly seem familiar and put a smile on your face.

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”

– Diane Arbus

“Just be prepared to look back in a few years on yourself, and your photos, and laugh.”

– Ben Chrisman

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Wedding Photography Quotes ?

These quotes for photographers will be very recognizable for those that shoot weddings. 

“The most important thing at a wedding is to photograph the bride. The second most important thing is not to forget the groom.”

– Alix Reuters

“If you force it and you keep looking for moments then you’ll end up shooting what you think the wedding should look like rather than actual moments that are unfolding in front of you.”

– Joe Buissink

“Don’t look at other wedding photographer’s work. When you walk into a room, find the one thing that you are attracted to and focus on that. Your instincts will guide you to finding an image that you love.”

– Ben Chrisman

“It is a profound honor as a photographer to witness two people falling in love.”

– Jesh de Rox

“I have shots for her. Now, these shots are for me.”

– Jasmine Star

“If I can dig deeper and show more of who people are, aside from it being a wedding day, then I feel I’ve succeeded. Usually, at the end of the night, that comes out. The party’s over, and they one hundred percent become themselves.”

– Tyler Wirken

“How many frames do we need to remember someone or someplace? Most people only really need one, so I divide the day into sections: getting ready, the ceremony etc, and I try to create one image which inspires me for every section, which just defines that moment”

– Fer Juaristi

Famous Photography Quotes ?

You’ve probably seen these famous photography quotes before. As they are from some of the best and well-known photographers around they turned into real classics. Nevertheless, they boost a lot of wisdom and inspiration still relevant now and for years to come.

“Photography is like a moment, an instant. You need a half-second to get the photo. So it’s good to capture people when they are themselves.”

– Patrick Demarchelier

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

– Robert Capa

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

– Ansel Adams

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

– Diane Arbus

“Your first 1,000 photographs are your worst.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

– Ansel Adams

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

– Robert Frank

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“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

“I think of photography like therapy.”

– Harry Gruyaert

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”

– David Alan Harvey

Black And White Photography Quotes ?

Photography originally started out as a black and white medium, and many photographers still continue to work like this. It’s generally praised to put the focus on the story in the image, and B&W analog film is more popular than ever. Below you’ll find some interesting quotes for photographers from those who capture life without color.

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

– Robert Frank

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“Color is everything, black and white is more.”

– Dominic Rouse

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”

– Andri Cauldwell

Nature Photography Quotes ?

These quotes about nature will generate some serious wanderlust, and inspire you to go out there and create some great work.

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”

– Steve McCurry

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”

– Unknown

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

– Ansel Adams


Are there any inspirational quotes you think I should add to the list? Have a great photography quote yourself? Leave them in the comments below ?. I’ll then add a reader submitted section to this page.

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Joshua Ardoin
Joshua Ardoin

Amazing images and great information! Thank you for inspiring me!

Sharon Rosa
Sharon Rosa

Lovely Quotes. Thanks for sharing this.


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tania roy
tania roy

Thank you for sharing such an amazing article with images. It is very easy to understand.

Best Wedding Photographers
Best Wedding Photographers

First of all, thank you for sharing such a good and informative topic on your blog it gives me a lot of information plus it helps me a lot. Keep it up and share more.