Sometimes comments from previous posts generate interesting conversations — and we wanted to share the latest.

More specifically, about keeping celebrity subjects at ease:

 

Thanks Carl and Greg!

Carl Waters comments on Dave Moser's shoot with Sir Richard Branson

Greg comments on Dave Moser's shoot with Sir Richard Branson

I could not ask for a higher compliment Carl, especially from a favorite client.

 

Neil Binkley comments on Dave Moser's shoot with Sir Richard BransonNeil, in terms of your question, and a good one at that, I really try to keep a Zen like calmness while the subject is on set, and only focus my attention on them. The crew is instructed ahead of time as to what to look for, what the anticipated troubleshooting may be, and what would warrant pulling my attention from the subject. It’s important to maintain the connection with the subject, especially celebrities, heads of companies and politicians. Many of these folks can become uncomfortable if they do not feel the shoot is going smoothly, let alone if it compromises their already busy schedule.

Dave Moser Photographs Sir Richard Branson for Success Magazine

I do quite a bit of research ahead of time and speak with their publicists or their contacts to better understand what to expect in terms of personality and expectations, much like being a good host. Most importantly, I work intuitively, trying to read them, working faster and keeping it lively OR dialing it back and entering a more personal space. Much of this depends on the clients needs as well, of course. Basically, I do all my homework up front, and once the subject arrives and is on set, I can just let go and do what I do. It’s really quite freeing and the subject can feel that.

Everyone has a rhythm, and everyone appreciates respect and honesty.

 

Haven’t read the blog post about Sir Richard Branson yet—read more here!

 

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3 thoughts on “Sometimes comments from previous posts generate interesting conversations — and we wanted to share the latest.

  1. ” It’s important to maintain the connection with the subject”…and yes you did. I never would have thought…i was so at ease it is awesome how you make that happen
    You do go above (JOHN DEERE AND A GIRLY DRESS!) , nothing is inconsiderable, no effort too great. I think you’d move mountains if it made for a better shot.
    And it was fun!! Who knew?
    Your work with portraits and projects…prolific and magnificent. You work very hard.

    I miss you and Jason. The only downside:)
    I’m humbled to be included.
    Melanie

    1. Hello Melanie – Glad to hear you had a great shoot last week! The images looked great and were fun to edit through as well.

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