Do you know any photographers who are early birds? I don't. I'm burning the midnight oil again, buzzing through a small catalog of new-hire headshots I shot last week for a rapidly growing start-up in San Francisco.
It was a little challenging to shoot 19 people in an hour and fifteen minutes: that's just under 4 minutes per person. Running through them quickly wasn't the hard part: getting them to relax in front of my camera, direct them, and trust me was the challenge. I think I managed pretty well, and after 4 years of business practice, I was able to fully understand what it means to "not take it personally" when someone didn't relax, or weren't quite satisfied with how they looked in-camera. I did my best: it's certainly not the easiest task to build rapport with a total stranger in 4 minutes, to the level of having them open up and show you their true selves.
You other snappers out there got any tips for building a quick & trusting rapport with adults?
I like to introduce myself, SMILE, ask their name, give the photographer's handshake (left-handed squeeze :), ask what they do, and then get a bit ridiculous with them if need be. Making a bit of a fool out of myself with silly jokes is not totally out of the question. Whatever gets the job done!
While I wait for the answer of the vast, wide interwebs, please enjoy my favorite photos to come out of the day... I didn't expect any super-sweet portfolio pieces, but I was pleasantly surprised a few times. My favorite set follows.
Love & snapshots,