Chit-Chat to Your Subject

February 26, 2010

Photo Tips, Portrait

It is important to strike up an on-going chit-chat with any person you are photographing. Talk about anything. Laugh; give directions; ask questions. I even talk to myself out loud, just so that the pressure is taken off of my subject. I’ll say things like, “Dang! Try to focus the stinkin’ camera next time Randy!” or, “Geeze, I am so hungry!”

By making chit-chat on the set, I am able to evoke a variety of different facial expressions from my model. They often will start listening to my verbal rambling and forget I am aiming a long lens their way.

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Randy is owner of Hawaii’s oldest fine-art photography gallery. He left the world of corporate & medical photography behind 20 years ago to realize his dream of becoming a professional camera artist. He is an avid outdoorsman who proclaims, “My tent is my castle, and my kayak is my limousine.” You can visit Randy’s website at

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