Why I hate “My friend wants to join me” sessions
November 8, 2012
One of the things I strongly dislike…alright, hate, is when a client is asking about her friend joining. If it’s a male, I don’t mind, but if it’s a female, it makes it difficult. Why? Simple; I tend to navigate to the more dominant personality. That person is the more outgoing and spunky one. I don’t know why I am, but I just am. The other reason I hate doing two people shoots is unless it’s corny family posing, I only know how to put sauce on the poses. Meaning they need to be hot, sexy and sensual. Those are the best kinds of couples photos imho, so that’s what I shoot.
Of course when shooting sisters, you have to make sure all closeness things are non-existent, but still make sure the photo is hot or else you’ll lose the attention of the viewer…in a glamour setting. In fashion, the viewer is more focused on the product or clothing that is being sold so your focus, lighting and attention is totally different from where a shoot with Jay Kilgore would be:
Couples, couples is easy as you can change the focus and put one or the other in front as the focal point. You CAN do the same with same-sex couple shoots but again, the dominate one will be the one you end up shooting the most. As a glamour photographer, the focus is easy to put on the female in a male female shoot.
At the end of the day, know or at make a conscious decision to learn your ticks when shooting couples. Adjust so that you are paying attent
What is the lesson? Learn your shortcomings and most importantly; DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!