Saturday a week ago, between two oceans of dance recital photos to edit, I went to an oasis. The first person to ever hire me to make a photograph asked me to make some family portraits. Maggie, a 17 year old mare with a sweet temper, weakness for peppermint candies and a magnificent tail was the main goal, along with Cheryl and her husband Vince. There was champagne involved and after my work was done, a second bottle was opened and enjoyed by the humans while Maggie enjoyed the clover. Driving home, it occurred to me that the most important part of being a photographer is trust.
Even if they are completely ignoring you. Eventually, they will settle down and you’ll get that formal close-up.
Portrait subjects, especially young males, can be easily bored with the photo session. One solution is to simply let them play. Quite often, a good result can occur.
“Journey”, a Rocky Mountain horse. Owner, Cheryl Batts.
Its very important during a portrait session to engage the client. Talk to them and let them see the pictures. It will keep their interest and make it a true collaboration.
Photo and Horse courtesy of Cheryl Batts.