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gazmorton2000
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Jun 15, 2012 06:45 |  #1

Well, as per the title really. Whilst my camera and lenses are away at Canon, I have thought about the sort of people photography I want to do. Not long ago, I decided I didn't want to go about photographing anything and everything as I had been doing for a few years, but concentrate solely on people. This is a massive area in itself. I shot a couple of models, and whilst the results were good and received positive feedback on here and elsewhere, i still didn't feel satisfied. Then I began to read a book from a fellow who shoots real people. People who have interesting lives and interesting stories, and the way he goes about photographing them is superb. This is what i would like to do. Real people with no more makeup than they would usually wear for everyday life and little prep. Meet with people who have interesting lives and jobs and make their portrait. What I am finding however, is that it seems really difficult to get going and find a willing subject who doesn't think I am some sort of weirdo or nutter wanting to take his picture. Also that people are either too busy or can't be bothered. I'm not sure how much the mentality differs here (UK) to somewhere like the US where I know this site is heavily based (also this books author was US), or maybe it's a barrier I am putting up as I perceive it that way, but it does seem a genuine problem. Has anyone any suggestions or input as to go about this? As I say, I have ideas and have tried some, but maybe you can add something? I would be much appreciative.


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Jun 15, 2012 07:10 |  #2

How about starting a photoblog. This way you aren't just saying, "can i take you picture?" your come one would be, "i am the editor of so and so blog and i would like to feature you in an upcoming article."

you might get more people willing to tell their story and allow you photograph them that way.

if you aren't good with writing you could enlist a writer, or if the whole thing seems to big, you could look for magazines or local newspapers that need a photographer for a story.


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Jun 15, 2012 13:51 as a reply to  @ mike_311's post |  #3

Thanks for taking the time to reply Mike. A couple of good suggestions there for sure. I have often thought about starting a blog but there wouldn't be a great deal to put in at the moment. I don't think I would write too much of an article, but the name of the person, what they do and a brief description I am sure I could manage and would accompany each photo nicely.


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Jun 18, 2012 06:14 as a reply to  @ gazmorton2000's post |  #4

Anyone else have any ideas or am I talking complete rubbish here?


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Jun 18, 2012 14:11 |  #5

perhaps expanding your market by offering headshot services to professional offices (for biz cards, etc.)?
print up a portfolio of examples and pricing system and go for it!




  
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Jun 18, 2012 15:15 as a reply to  @ Accessoire's post |  #6

Not quite sure what you are asking? Just start with your friends. You must have interesting friends? Create a little portfolio and then you can show your potential next client / project what you are up to.


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Jun 19, 2012 06:45 as a reply to  @ drmaxx's post |  #7

Thanks for the replies. Maybe I didn't make it too clear in my original post. Maybe I was just having a think out loud. What I definitely don't want to do is charge for any photos or get into any sort of business. Photography is a hobby for me and I want to keep it that way, but I still want to make great photos. Maybe I have set the bar too high for myself?


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