Portrait & Fashion Photo Shoot: Parker Richardson
Sometimes, when you’re going into a photo shoot, you have little to no opportunity, prior to the shoot, to talk with the subject/model to get to know them. If they’re a public figure, I’m sure you can do some research on their likes, dislikes, hobbies or interests. But more often, you kind of to figure it out on the fly, once they arrive on set or coming in for hair and make up. And during a photoshoot, it’s your (the photographer’s) ability to connect with the subject and put them at ease or make them feel more confident, in you as the photographer as well as in themselves. This will allow you to create better and stronger photographs. Your connection will also allow you to direct them more easily, I find.
With Parker, he and I hit it off pretty well. We talked about everything from world problems and how to solve them and how religion affects our daily lives. And it wasn’t just small talk like, “where are you from?”. But a more deep conversation, in which both of us definitely had our opinions. Now we didn’t solve the world’s problems that day, but we got along really well and I think it shows in the photos.