A mutual friend introduced me to Stephane, a photographer visiting NYC from Paris. We chit-chatted about photography over breakfast one morning, and Stephane decided that we should take each other’s portraits to learn how the other works, and as a bonus we’d get some fresh photos of ourselves for marketing purposes. I was excited to take Stephane’s portrait, but became suddenly nervous about stepping in front of the camera myself! After some advice from my sister, Christina, I went shopping for some new clothes, and booked a hair and makeup appointment for the day of our shoot 🙂 (This turned out to be incredibly valuable advice that I think all of my clients should consider; I definitely had a bit more spring in my step knowing professionals were doing their best to make me look MY best).
Stephane and I work very differently. We have different equipment, and while I prefer to take most of my photos utilizing natural light, Stephane was determined to set up his lighting stand with bulb and umbrella for each new angle. He is more serious and methodical, while I tend to keep my shoots fluid and fun. It was a very fun afternoon in Brooklyn taking turns getting behind the camera as well as in front of it, and I’m happy that Stephane is pleased with the photos I took of him. (I’ve included a couple photos he took of me as well — Thanks Stephane)!! I also think we both learned a bit from each other, and I’m using my flash more than I used to, while Stephane said he might try my more fluid approach, letting the technical aspects perhaps slide a bit. It’s always refreshing to learn from my peers, and I’m happy to count this talented Parisian as my friend.