The truth is that cameras instill fear in people and I know this because over time, I’ve tried convincing friends to participate in shoots and while a few have willingly accepted, others have graciously declined.
I’ve spend a good amount of time photographing places, things and people, most of which were unaware of my presence but it’s a completely different experience when you have the undivided attention of a person who’s awaiting direction from you on how they should pose or where they should stand, on whether they should smile or look away to a distance as if they’re yearning for something. Suddenly, you’re not just a photographer but you’re equally a director.
I’m not use to giving direction when photographing people. I’m more use to the approach of capturing everything and anything without interfering in the actuals events. I really hope to continue to develop as a photographer by doing more mini-shoots.
There’s this thing called “faking it” where you pretend to know what you’re doing and I often feel everything I’ve done photographically up to this point has been a result of that thinking.
There’s an uneasiness I get with photo shoots but I do them because I believe we should always be open to all types of photography and not box ourselves into just one type. Look and study all types of photography. I may tag myself as a Travel Photographer but I haven’t done much of that lately yet that hasn’t prevented me from experimenting with other styles. A lot of times your style may change depending on the project you’re shooting or the overall purpose of it. Many commercial photographers do documentary work and vice versa.
This late evening in Williamsburg Brooklyn, I wanted to experiment wearing the commercial photographer hat because it’s a style that I deeply admire but I’m too intimidated to pull off myself. In case you recognize the subject, it’s because I managed to convince good friend Lorena to stand in as my model. I gain confidence by doing the shoot and she gains new photos to upload to Facebook. Sounds like a reasonable trade.