I really enjoy photographing people, and love the challenge of capturing their personalities and true selves. In order to make people feel comfortable in front of my lens, I sometimes have to take different approaches.
I’m a bit of a dork at the best of times, but when I’m shooting I’ll often be very self depreciating and goof around, which can extract laughter or at least a smile from even the most nervous subject. I find that I can build rapport with people quite quickly, I think because I am small and not very intimidating-looking (well, I hope so.)
In any case, last week I photographed Charlotte Bond, an up-and-coming actress in Melbourne. Charlotte needed some new headshots for her agent, so that she can be put forward for roles and castings. She was so lovely, and a little shy at first (as is normal), but quickly opened up and relaxed. Being only 15 years old, I wanted to capture natural images, and keep the element of youth in each frame. That meant no heavy makeup, over the top posing, or extravagant costumes.
I was really happy with how the images turned out, and so was Charlotte and her mother Wendy (who happens to be one of my photography students!) Good luck with the castings, I’ll be keeping my eyes on the big screen. ;)