A few things that I've learned so far from working with models for my editorial photos
Hello, everybody! The majority of my editorial stock photos are about the people that I have found interesting for some reason. I'm specialised in candid photography, which means that I photograph people when they don't know that I'm doing it. I always portray them in public places where photography is allowed. However, sometimes I think that I would portray somebody at his/her best only if he/she knows that I'm photographing him/her.
In this case, my main rules are three:
1) I must make sure that the model is comfortable being photographed;
2) I must make sure that the model is photographed in the best possible light;
3) I must make sure to praise the model as much as possible. After all, he/she has bothered to stop whatever he/she was doing before meeting me. Moreover, he/she is doing his/her best to pose like I'm suggesting him/her to do.
What I now present to you are three specific cases:
1) If I meet a street artist who is doing a performance that I think is noteworthy, I put money into his/her hat and ask him/her for permission to photograph him/her during his performance. I also ask him/her to turn to me as much as possible, so that I can take good photos. If I get a positive answer, I proceed and then thank him/her. Otherwise, I thank him/her for listening and enjoy his/her performance.
2) If I meet a child who is doing something that I think is noteworthy, I ask his/her parents for permission to photograph him/her, explaining that I'm a photographer and that I would be happy if his/her pictures were part of my portfolio. If I get a positive answer, I proceed and then thank everybody. Otherwise, I thank them for listening and say goodbye.
3) If I meet a group of people that are doing something that I think is noteworthy, I ask them for permission to photograph them. If I get a positive answer, I proceed and then thank them. Otherwise, I thank them for listening and say goodbye.
This is what I've learned so far from working with models for my editorial photos. I hope you enjoyed this article.
Photo credits: Chiarabenedettacondorelli.