Newspaper shot -
I photographed the cheerleaders on assignment. I told them where to stand and to jump in the air when I counted to three. This was the first of three shots. Since I’m tall, I sat on the floor, so the teenagers wouldn’t appear distorted.
(Cheerleader shot here)
Street photography style –
I asked this man to stand in the doorway and told him how to pose with arms folder and to leave on the sunglasses. I intentionally kept the bow in the shot because it added a humorous contradiction.
(Man shot here)
I chose the location and had Lisa meet me there. The rusty signs and worn wooden building added a contrasting, yet complimentary incongruity to my human subject.
(Photo of woman here)
However, there are other contributing factors involved.
McKenna is one of my favorite subjects. She’s not a professional model but she’s comfortable in front of the camera. McK requires little or no directing, meaning, she’s a natural.
I chose a public park and time of day, mid-afternoon, because I wanted the sun on an angle.
* I told my subject in advance to wear casual clothes, but nothing white or printed with words, a logo, or artwork.
* My subject never wears harsh or garish makeup and that’s what I wanted.
* I had McK sit on a slightly elevated rock, so the sun would backlight her hair. I had her turn her head and shoulders slightly away from me.
* Her look was natural and perfect, so I didn’t ask for a big smile.
* I shot several photos, adjusted her pose and my distance to her to include more of her body. When I exhausted the location and pose, we move on.
When I got back to my studio, I immediately downloaded the photos. I never wait because I want to see my creations immediately. I always say there are no bad picture of McKenna, but some are incrementally better than others. The example I chose jumped out.
I cropped the shot, did a minor blip of retouching and it was finished. I could have used any name brand camera and the shot would have looked the same.
Of course, there are several other things I could have done but it’s my photo and I only had to please me. Other professionals, photos snobs, and purists can rag on me, but no one can deny that it’s a good picture, and that was my goal.