I get a lot of questions about how I work with my subjects to make them feel comfortable. A photographer’s interactions and technique with his or her subject(s) is one of the most important aspects of a photo shoot, next to being prepared. I have a lot of thoughts and ideas on this subject, but one idea I thought I would share today is a giant cat face. I don’t think I need to explain why this works, but here is how you can try it out on your own. Place a giant cat face over your left shoulder so it is facing your subject. This will generally help your subject feel more at ease. If they hate cats or giant cat faces, then they may not feel so comfortable, but at least you will still get some interesting expressions. It’s a win win for you.
Here is how you can approach it.
Subject: “What’s with the giant cat face?”
Photographer: “What giant cat face?” (It’s important to pretend you don’t know what they are talking about.)
Subject: “The one right behind you, staring at me.”
Photographer: Slowly look around the room, and then discover the giant cat face. “Oh, that giant cat face. Don’t worry about him. Dante is here to help you feel more comfortable.”
There you have it. Now you know one way to make your subject more comfortable. Use a giant cat face.