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...
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.
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.
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.
How many of you realise that there are blind photographers? I certainly didn't, until Arlene Harris asked me for some tips to help her blind friend take better photos with his iPhone.
I was recently asked to hold a workshop for Amateur Photographer Magazine and thought I'd share it with you. Oliver Atwell of Amateur Photographer invited Jennifer Peel and Isobel Murphy to London to spend a day picking my brains!
There's a definite difference between working with those under 5 and those over.
Check out this video which shows you the different ways of working with different age groups...
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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