Shooting teenagers can be tricky because they are at a stage in their life where they are self-conscious and can be easily embarrassed, particularly by their parents booking them a photo shoot! Their parents often want them to look young in the photos, whilst the teenager wants to look much older. It’s a case of getting a balance, shooting for both the parents and for the teenager themselves.
Well if this is work – bring it on! Out in Key West recently I happened to meet 22-year-old Jared at a party. Everyone in the room fell silent when he walked in (I nearly fell off my chair!) and within two minutes I had booked him for a shoot!
Amazingly, he had never had a professional photo shoot in his life – which was fantastic news to me! I love photographing people who don’t realise how good they can look in a photo – it’s much more fun than photographing trained models.
If you find it tricky to get great shots of your kids, it could be that you need to do more than just "point and shoot". A little careful planning can go a long way...
Taking great portrait pictures just got even easier! IPhones have made photography accessible to a whole new generation of creative people. It's so easy to shoot with your phone, and so much fun when you get instant results!
You can take your pictures and adjust them on your phone within a matter of seconds, or just leave them as they are. I shoot with my iPhone everyday, because it's always with me. And I often add some iPhone shots into my professional shoots too.
Often I do shoots just because I am inspired by something random. Last Halloween I met Maria in a bar, dressed in her wedding dress with a bunch of dead flowers and fake blood running down her face! She looked fabulous!
The first time I met a drag queen was about 4 years ago in Key West and I have to say I was just amazed at the whole concept! I watched a drag show totally enthralled by these guys who looked and acted so much like women.
At last, I can tell you about the naked male poets shoot! I've been dying to tell you for ages, but I had to keep it under wraps for several months until the exhibition was over. I may have to put an "over 18" button on this site now!
One of the most important things about photographing people is not to worry about the technical side - you don't need to know many things about your camera to be able to take great pictures.
I’m an art student in Norway currently working on a photography project, which requires me to submit a portrait photo of my grandmother to an exhibition. How do you shoot older people?
Shooting images for a commercial shoot is very different to shooting a portrait, however you can draw on your skills as a portrait photographer and blend them for use in a commercial setting. I thought I'd share some ideas and tips to help you if you are ever in this situation.
Ask those little things about photography that have been niggling you!! I don’t know the meaning of life but I do know a lot about taking pictures so ask away!
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