People Are People

 Jacob, 2013

Jacob, 2013

People are indeed people so why shouldn’t it be that I didn’t take a shot at, well, shooting people?

Okay so that was a horrid introduction to this blog entry about my experiences shooting male models, but someone was loudly playing that particular classic Depeche Mode song from a convertible as they drove past the outdoor cafe I am sitting at with my computer and my thoughts.

It’s 2017 now and I have not had the opportunity to shoot anyone for several years by choice or circumstances. But as I look back at some of the photos I did take I recall how enjoyable it was to work with so many different people, each one a unique look and personality, each one offering something new. And they were all just as different as I was to them, I am sure.

When I first thought of jumping into that pool, that of working with people as a one-on-one experience, I was super hesitant. I’m not a shy person (I used to be) but I’m not terribly outgoing, either. The photographer doesn’t necessarily have to be the gregarious one, but I did discover it helps. Gregarious doesn’t describe me: I was always the one at the back of the party, observing, maybe not fitting in (okay, most-likely not fitting in). This history of observing people came in handy, but being right up in someone’s face was a skill I lacked.

So for me to seek out such tasks, to willingly want to find people and talk to them and schedule with them and interact with them as I took photos of them, was a big step for me. In fact, short of dating someone, it was the biggest step I’d taken with any relationship. And I’m so glad I did.

Through all the opportunities I had with the over 20 guys I met and photographed, I definitely learned patience, skill, to let myself go (to loosen up), patience, editing skills (with photos and time management), and patience.

People are people and I think that’s a great way to look at the experiences I (and we) had because, as I found, it makes for a super fun time as you have such a limited amount of minutes on the clock to get to know the person in front of the camera, find their best attributes, ask questions, and make general small talk. And that’s the thing: They will be whomever they are and it’s the photographers job to bring out the best in that person. I enjoyed meeting them and discovering who they were or pretended to be during our sessions. People are people: They are exactly what they are, just as I am exactly who I am, and it all worked together in the end.