As well as photographing women, I enjoy the challenge of photographing men. I use the same process as photographing women, or really anyone. First step is to make them comfortable and trust you. It’s so easy to intimidate someone when you shove a big black camera in their face covering your face and emotions. In school we were told that a camera has a similar feeling as a gun. It’s big, heavy, you look through to your subject with one eye and hit a shutter than makes a click sound. Knowing that, makes me cautious of how I approach anyone.
To create a connection is soooo much more important than what camera you use, how the lighting is, and what the subject wears. Although all the elements help to create a solid photograph. Listen and watch your subject, encourage them to try new poses, explain what you’re are doing.
Talk! When you get a shot at the doctors isn’t always better when they tell you right before they stick you instead of a surprise? Tell the subject what you are doing, keep talking to them. When testing the light and set up, tell them. Give them encouragement and ideas. If they have ideas tell them to try it. This creates comfort and the ability to capture the creativity between two.
I like to show the subject a sample of what I am shooting while photographing them and multiple times. I feel like it helps them see what I see. Or even helps them see “Oh when my head is this way it looks very nice.” I feel like it’s similar to if you take a selfie, you don’t usually take one. You take a selfie and see “Oh that works” or “That angle is off.” You take more and more until you get the perfect one.