Well, there are really three secrets to my success.
First, you must be relaxed around your subject. In this photograph, I am about to photograph your average tug-boat captain out on the town with his lovely friend. Notice how I have lured both of my subjects out of their shell. They no longer feel embarrassed being in front of the camera of a famous photographer. In fact, I bet I could ask them to do something crazy and they just might do it.
As the old saying goes: “a picture is worth of thousands word.” Here I am showing a perspective subject just what I want her to do. I am sure that after she saw me do this, she thought to herself, “no matter how dumb I look doing that, I could never look as dumb as him.” The ole “I’m dumber than you” routine gets ‘em every time.
Finally, even if you do one and two very well, remember, you still need to figure out how to take the photograph. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of getting the right angle.
Today’s first photograph was a gift of Steve Schuenke and the second and third photographs were provided by Bob Dempsey. I want to deny that I have published these photographs on my blog to try to spin some rather unbecoming activity by yours truly.