Great photographs are not taken, they’re given. FRED R. CONRAD
Last week, I had a one to one with Bruce Smith, the talented and inspirational fashion photographer, whose 30 year career has given us some breathtaking images. Our day began with us photographing each other.
The great thing for me about photographing another photographer is that there is understanding and immediate trust, which means that in seconds I am able to concentrate on photographing the connection, the feeling and the interior story, which are what I love about portraiture. I love it when there is an immediate connection between me and the sitter. It relaxes me and allows me to concentrate on the emotion.
Photographing Bruce was a real delight. As his student, there was a moment of nerves at the beginning of the shoot. But looking through my shutter, he had a vulnerability that hit me between the eyes and gave me access to the real man. From that moment, he was no longer Bruce Smith. He was a real man with great presence, who just happens to be a talented photographer, who just happens to be sitting for me, who just happens to be responding to my directions and who just happens to look amazing. So I let go of the nerves, and I allowed my eyes and my shutter to start telling my story.
His expressions spoke volumes. His body language was warm. There was so much to translate and my eyes and my heart were in constant negotiation with my head about what I want to share with the viewer. Bruce is very strong and determined and yet very gentle and emotional with a natural dignity.
Here are some of the my favourite pictures from the shoot:
Until next time,
BE A STORY WORTH TELLING