Seeing & Looking
Compelling portraits are emotional They are about the subject, not about you. They are soul-fies not selfies. I try to encourage two things to happen when making a portrait. People touching, and a patient acceptance.
To support closeness, I softly say 'reach and touch someone you love.' Playing music helps, because it is natural for people to touch, forget themselves, and even dance together when listening to music they love.
Relaxed portraits flow from our being. As photographers, when we get to know and enjoy the people we photograph, it helps to have acceptance flowing both ways. Without acceptance, the poses look stiff, annoyed, or worse. With acceptance, the photograph is the relationship.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages