It is easy as a photographer to get stuck into a particular shooting subject, whether it be Landscapes, Macro, Wildlife, etc. Sometimes it is good to mix things up a bit and shoot something that does not fit your usual remit. In my case I have found myself shooting a lot of fashion, obviously working with a lot of models, which I enjoy very much. However I enjoy all kinds of people photography and really felt that I could do with a bit more variety within my recent work and also give me a bit of a challenge. After having a good think I concluded that my portfolio needed some regular "Joe Public" types, so I decided to head out and do some street portraiture. Normally this would be done with a 70-200 to capture unguarded moments etc, but this time I went out with my 50mm and grabbed strangers as they walked past.
This really is a fantastic way to meet people and get some images with a bit of variety. In a couple of hours I have 8 new faces to add to my collection, and I was really taking it easy. One of my main issues with standard street stuff is that sometimes the background can be busy and distracting, so on this occasion I took the background out of the equation my finding a wall that I liked and setting myself up there. I then looked for interesting characters as they walked past and approached them. The thing is with this sort of thing is to keep it real, don't lie to people and tell them your shooting for a piece in National Geographic. I explained that this was a personal project and that sat well with most people. I also carried small business cards that I ordered from Moo (mini moos) which were handed to everyone. I also took everyones name and email and promised to send them copies of the images.
For this type of shoot it is best to find a shaded area otherwise you end up with too much contrast, we were shooting on an overcast day here, but we still had to use a diffuser to block out some sun that poked through the clouds.
It can be a real challenge especially if you lack the confidence to just approach people, but after a few yeses you quickly get into the swing, its well worth it.
Thanks for reading.