How does HUMAN ability trump AI in photography?

The door open was unlocked for me.

Jenn was still getting ready so I stepped inside, as I called out ‘hello.’ Their giggles came from the living room. The children were running around the living room and I immediately found myself enveloped in a whirlwind of activity— Jenn said hello as she gathered lunch, all while still applying her makeup.

Noticing her frazzled state, I spring into action! “Hi beautiful!” I exclaimed with a warm smile, catching her attention amidst the chaos. In moments like these, I’m reminded of AI’s limitations when it comes to real world photography.

“I’ve got the little ones, you just finish getting ready. We’ve got this!”

Relief washed over her face. She accepted my offer and rushed back to her bedroom.

With practiced ease, I scooped her little girl in my arms, engaging her in a playful game of helicopter that elicited fits of laughter. Meanwhile, her older child eagerly joined in, his eyes sparkling with curiosity as he showed me his newest toy. I sat them down to finish lunch and let the dog outside.

real children not AI generated

AI may excel in technical precision, it pales in comparison to the innate ability of a skilled photographer to capture authentic moments and personalities.

As a seasoned photographer, thriving on capturing the beauty of human emotion, I’ve witnessed firsthand the limitations that artificial intelligence (AI) encounters in the realm of photography.

In my journey behind the lens, I’ve come to understand photography is more than a mechanical process of capturing light—it’s about connecting with people on a deeper level while immortalizing their essence through a series of frames. AI operates within predefined parameters and algorithms. I possess intuition, anticipating fleeting expressions, gestures, and interactions that define genuine moments.

real photograph of woman in yoga pose not AI generated

The key strength setting photographers apart is the rapport they establish with their subjects.

Whether I’m creating a branding identity or merely a candid portrait, I build trust and create a comfortable environment where people can be themselves.

My human connection allows me to capture the nuances of personality- the quirks, the laughter, human vulnerability- that which AI cannot grasp.

I cherish the rawness and authenticity that comes with capturing unscripted moments with my camera. From a child’s genuine laughter to the tender embrace between mother and child, these fleeting moments of connection are what give my photographs their soulful resonance.

Moreover, my ethical considerations as a photographer extend far beyond the confines of a camera lens. I respect the privacy and consent of my subjects, ensuring that each photograph is a testament to their dignity and autonomy. In contrast, the proliferation of AI-driven facial recognition and image synthesis technologies raises serious concerns about privacy infringement and manipulation—a stark reminder of the ethical pitfalls inherent in relying solely on artificial intelligence.

In essence, AI offers convenience and efficiency in certain aspects of photography.

But AI will never replicate the human touch—the empathy, intuition, and emotional depth—that which defines my craft.

As a skilled photographer who’s passionate about preserving the rich tapestry of human experiences, I remain committed to capturing moments that transcend pixels and algorithms—moments that resonate with authenticity, emotion, and soul.

xoxo adrienne signing off


the Photographer

Adrienne Maples


Kansas City photographer, Adrienne Maples, weaves together powerful narratives with her photographs to create mood and evoke emotion.


She's an AI enthusiast, passionate about teaching others how to use technology responsibly for the greater good. Known for her 'spunk & pizazz', she directs from behind her camera, finding impromptu designing to transform mediocrity into the extraordinary.


She a board member of AIGA and KCAC. As a committee member of KCDW, she organized the 2024 talks: The A.I. Asset, Creator as Curator.

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