I’ve recently noted that when I take portraits of people I usually already have a rapport with them. We’re on hugging terms and go out for a cup of coffee or glass of wine after I capture their image. I know what what words to say to encourage a smile and topics to talk about to put them at ease in front of my lens.But what happens when you need to photograph a client you have never met? How do you shoot a stranger?In this video, I took to the urban streets in the Phinny Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, and challenged myself to ask a stranger if I could take their portrait. (there is a photo contest and TTP giveaway at the end of this video, so be sure to watch all of it!)

Jeannine:
(you can see the series of photos at Facebook on the Photo Sister page)

How to Enter the Photo Sister Challenge:

  1. Hit the streets with your camera and a portrait of a stranger (NOT anyone you already know)
  2. Post the image on the Photo Sister Facebook wall with “Photo Sister Challenge: Shoot a Stranger + [Title of Image]”
  3. TAGPhoto Sister” AND “Think Tank Photo” in the photo on Facebook
  4. Tweet (if you are on Twitter) “I just entered the @thinkTANKphoto & @laraelobdell Photo Sister Challenge! http://PhotoSister.com”

Prize: Think Tank Photo Retrospective® 5 (Pinestone)
Entry Dates: May 11th-31st, 2011
Judging: June 1st-2nd, 2011
Winner announced: June 3rd, 2011

Introducing the New Retrospective®5 Camera Bag

Special thanks to the lovely Susan Roderick who shot this video for me and totally rocks! She is definitely a Photo Sister All Star!