It hasn’t gone unnoticed that I photograph men more than women, friends of friends have inquired as to my sexual orientation, many times. I’m straight. But men are generally easier to photograph than women.
This is a shot I took of Lockett Somerville at is home in Ramsey. This isn’t the actual shot I went for, I’ll post that soon, but I do like this out-take. I lit Lockett with a single Bowens Streamlite with another smaller Streamlite to fill the shadows at the back of the room.
*Update – A few people have asked me to explain why I prefer shooting men, so I will. It’s not that I prefer shooting men, it’s just that the process is easier. Blokes aren’t as bothered about cosmetic appearance, so the shoot can be a lot more spontaneous, which is how I like to work. The shot below of Simon Campbell is a good example – we arrived at the studio at 2pm, before I’d even set-up the lights, I was ready, got the shot and left the studio by 2.30pm. Ladies inherently take longer because there’s the hair and the make-up and then the demands to see EVERY single shot that’s taken.
I also think…well, I know, that women are a lot more ‘choosy’ about the final image, less accepting of those crows feet and bags under the eyes. Men, as a rule, don’t care as much. I’d love to get more ladies into the studio, believe me! They look a hell of a lot nicer than blokes.I have, of course, photographed extremely vane men and cosmetically confident women, so all this is generalisation.
WANTED – females who know what they look like for free portrait sitting. No Photo Shop.