Friday, 11 April 2014

Hot portrait tip - start with a really boring person

One sure fire way to guarantee you get a really boring portrait is to start off with a really boring subject. That makes life so easy.

Alexandra is just one giant fun-filled package.

I first met Alex eight years ago when she appeared at a the Light Fantastic photography conference in Fremantle, Western Australia. Alec masqueraded as Gretchen, the personal assistant to famous Russian photographer Professor Boris Betcherovka. The audience were mesmerised by Gretchen's flirtations with the ageing professor. But their jaws dropped when Gretchen dropped her little bllack dress to reveal nothing but a red corset and bustier.
Nikon D700 24-70 lens set at 32mmfl, 800 ISO, 1/80s @ f7.1

Alexandra is a self-employed actress, TV personality, karaoke singing, cat loving liberal goddess. Life is never dull around this super-charged Italian but I do always check that my insurance is up to date when I shoot this girl.

Taking Alex to a restaurant or coffee shop is a hazardous occupation. She is just as likely to take over the cafe and the kitchen, send the coffee back and seduce the chef. Alex is also a talented artist and has recently completed a painting of vocalist John Paul Young.

Alex stars regularly as a panelist on the TV show 'Sweet and Sour'. Alex displays the sweetness and sensuality of a Michelle Pfeiffer combined with energetic bitchiness of a cigar-smoking, stiletto-strutting Joan Collins. Alex is a gift-wrapped weapon of miss destruction.

Before you set up your next portrait shoot check out your eccentric aunts and crazy uncles. Make friends with people with energy on the buses, trains and surgeries. In fact ask to photography your doctor as he performs your colonoscopy or your dentist repairing your gold bridge. Ask your next door neighbour, the guy on the corner who lives along with his mongrel dog. Get serious and ask the lady recovering from surgery. Drag yourself out of your rut - do something good for a person and humanity with your camera. And maybe you'll amaze yourself and do yourself a favour.

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“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Peter Lindbergh

In the meantime relax, tune into 'Knee Deep' with Jimmy Buffet and dream

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