How to break the ice (before a photo shoot)

How to break the ice (before a photo shoot) Getting your portrait taken is an extremely vulnerable position to be in. It can be stressful, uncomfortable and frankly quite intimidating. Whether you’re shooting a senior portrait, corporate headshot or a big time celebrity, we all have our insecurities. Especially if millions of people are going to see the photos which is often the case for my clients. It’s your job as the photographer to recognize that, disarm the situation and get your subjects having fun. I always try to stop whatever I’m doing when my subject arrives. I sit down with my clients in my studio and have a bagel or coffee and do everything I can to find common ground. Especially the type of common ground we can laugh at. You have screaming toddlers at home? Me too! You like the beach… me too? You like smoking cigars… I’ve got a great one you should try. I try to have a good laugh with my subjects before I ever get a camera in between us. Start a photo shoot off laughing and chances are you’re going to hit a home run. Here are five things you can do to make your clients feel more comfortable (and take amazing photos of them)   1. Genuinely compliment your Subjects immediately. One of the first things I do when my subjects walk in the door to my studio is find something I can GENUINELY compliment them on. But be careful this has to be from the heart. Maybe it’s their eyes, eyelashes… or even their shoes. FIND SOMETHING. This starts disarming them right away and they’ll start feeling more comfortable... Read More

Will You Help Pick My Book Cover?

Will You Help Pick My Book Cover? As many of you know, I’ve been working on the biggest most ambitious project I’ve ever set out to accomplish. For the past year and half, I’ve been writing my first book and it’s called iPHONEONLY PHOTOGRAPHY. There are two versions of the book:   1. ESSENTIALS 2. ADVANCED   You know, I wrote this book for my friends. So many of them kept asking me how I shot got the perfect exposure for that portrait or how I edit my sunsets to look “SO RADIANT”, etc. Over many a coffee meeting, online polls and evenings with a glass of Shiraz at my favorite vineyard, I found out what they wanted to know, and I made sure all those important things about iPhone Only Photography were captured in the book. The funny thing is, I kept realizing more and more things I wanted to add to it. I wrote the book I planned to write which is now the “ESSENTIALS” version. But that wasn’t enough to dig deep into the BEST ADVANCED SECRETS about iPhone Only Photography so I kept on writing. I ended up creating an extended book I now call the “ADVANCED” version with 5 EXTRA POWER PACKED CHAPTERS. The “ADVANCED” version is not for everyone though. It’s a book only for those elite people who really want to learn how to capture professional quality UHHHMAAAZZZING photos on their iPhones. Is that you? Since I have two versions, my amazing designer Lance Hart has been working on concepts that could work for both covers. Here are the directions we’ve landed on. These aren’t exactly final as we’ll tweak a bit... Read More