This post is inspired by my most recent photo shoot with a delightful and entrepreneurial young lady Kulvinder Jhali.
We enjoyed a great afternoon shooting on Primorse Hill yesterday and came away with some memorable shots, which is the whole point.
Afterwards, I speculated on the success of the shoot and pondered what makes a successful photo shoot?
I have been studying the work of Scott Kelby and Headshot Master Peter Hurley and they have both said that "RAPPORT" is the key.
Allow me to elaborate on this; in communication, the success of any interaction will be in proportion to the level of authenticity and rapport that exist between both parties. When applied to photography and a photo shoot, I got present to the fact that the success of the shoot takes place long before the shutter button is pressed.
I want to acknowledge my friend and fellow shooter Elin Robbinson - we did a shoot recently with me being the "subject" and we spoke in a coffee shop for about an hour getting related. This was in my mind for my shoot with Kulvinder, We spoke for about hour, learning about each other and just enjoying "being" in each others company. The photography become secondary to the shoot. In fact, the shoot became a success because I was at ease and Kulvinder was at ease as we walked and I shot her against the back drop of Primrose Hill and nature.
I am dleihgted to share that she loved the images and for my first professional engagement as The Magical Photographer, I couldn't be happier with this outcome.
One thing I learnt from Peter Hurley - don't ever let your client leave the session without getting the shot you are after. This is profound, it implies that the shoot and its success is down to the photographer. I am responsible for taking care of my clients, ensuring their well being and also directing them so that I can capture them at their very best.
If my client is at ease and relaxed, then they will trust me and allow me the privilege of directing them and posing them in relationship to the light and capturing the magic of their authentic expression.
This is the real magic - below is one my favourite image of Kulvinder from our shoot. I say "our shoot" because it was a team effort and magical collaboration.