People are a huge part of what most photographers shoot so you don’t ever want to deny yourself an opportunity to gain confidence in that area regardless if it’s a niche your trying to specialize in or not.
I often ask friends if they wouldn’t mind volunteering in having some photos taken but their insecurities to participate are the same ones the general public has about being in front of a camera. They don’t think they’re photogenic enough and they’re uncomfortable with the whole process. As a photographer, I believe it’s our role to obliterate as much as those feelings as possible.
I met up with Lorena and her boyfriend in Brooklyn for some quick photos around the neighborhood. I don’t have much experience in doing shoots per say but from the tips I’ve read, making conversation and trying to find a common ground between you and your subject on something that you can both chat about helps them see you more as a person as oppose to someone who’s simply pointing a camera to their face.
It’s one thing to photograph places and objects but when it comes to people, there’s an extra variable that you have to consider and that is the comfort level.
With the very few I’ve done, I prefer doing photo sessions on location because people are so much more relaxed and natural in that type of surrounding. Which means you are more likely to capture the true essence of an individual than you would otherwise do in a studio environment.
We walked for approximately 2 hours, zigzagging through blocks. A lot of times people have this tendency to pose and while that might have made my job easier, it’s not exactly what I wanted. The vague direction I gave her was to “be herself”. To pretend that she’s part of the one of too many reality shows MTV has going on minus all the debauchery. To pretend that I’m not following her every move.
I hope to convince more friends to participate in these type of lifestyle shoots because I’m learning as much about the process as they are about themselves when I share with them the results.