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Portrait Photography: Why Empathy makes you Better (feat. Tommy Reynolds) – Viral Trends

Portrait Photography: Why Empathy makes you Better (feat. Tommy Reynolds)




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I made a video a couple of years ago saying that it’s a great idea for serious portrait photographers to go and get their portraits taken, because it gives them empathy for people who sit in front of their lens on a regular basis. So in this video I head through to Tommy Reynolds’ studio for a portrait session. He and I both give some tips and share our thoughts on why teaching yourself to work well with people will make you a better portrait photographer.

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Comments 38

  1. Great video and as you both say about others having certain flaws about themselves is very true. I keep trying to create a vlog on my portrait work but I sound like such an idiot I just delete them. Lack of confidence has always been an issue for me from a young age and I still struggle with confidence today. Both you and Tommy have a great channel and I am greatly inspired by you both, keep it up.

  2. Great video Sean. I think empathy doesn't only work for portraits and the like but in all styles. I do landscapes and wildlife, and I find that if I think about the scene or the animal I'm trying to capture in an empathetic way I get better images, I've even been known to talk to a landscape, I know that might sound weird but I find it really helps capture the moment. Oh by the way the portraits looked really good. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. I think it makes you more powerful when you are aware of your flaws and insecurities and you embrace it. I know when I see people that do they’re much more happier in life. It gives us character. I’m working on my embrace still so I can feel free. Thank you for this bud. You look great my man. 🙏🏽✨

  4. Great video, Sean. I've been looking for a photographer to do my own portrait for reasons similar to those you've outlined in this video. I haven't been on the other side of a lens since my junior year of high school, so I can't honestly say I understand what it feels like for my subjects to sit in front of my camera. Really appreciate the video 🙂

  5. Thanks for making this, it's great to see an approach to photography that takes psychology into account. I'm finding that empathy and psychology of subject play a bigger role in creative efforts way more than I might have guessed at first glance.

  6. thank you Sean, another wonderful gift of insight and wisdom.  Love your presentations and presence.  Please keep sharing and teaching, you have a special way of connecting to us all…!

  7. Now I understand why I always loved your videos, why I considered they have an intellectual side. Yes, if you are a "people" photographer (from portraite, family, fashon, corporate to national geographic reportage) you NEED to be emphathic, to be a lttle bit psychologist. When I used to photograph CEO, or Presidents (the kind of POWERFUL people) I always felt their worries, their unconfort…and, to break the ice, I always started a side conversation about something I knew interested them. Usually you know it when you enter their offce or private space.
    But also, don't underestimate the GREAT results you may get when you ARE NOT empathic on purpos, think of the "Churchill's Bulldog's look taken by Yousof Karsh". Karsh was more anoyed and he did on purpos to take the cigar from the PM's mouth.¸

    Bravo Sean

  8. Loved the video Sean. 100% what I think about with my photography at the moment. Making the subject comfortable (more challenging task than photography its self!). Unfortunately I am grading myself on how well I do specifically at this, rather than the actual photograph produced.

  9. All your portraits were good but the close ups were the best. Your character was on display. Sometimes when we are anxious about having a picture taken, the muscles in our face tense up but you looked relaxed (credit to the photographer 🙂).

  10. Thanks for sharing Sean brings back so many memories of the mindsets and conversations I had taking portraits of people over a 30 year career. Always loved the many conversations around capturing beautiful images while being so relaxed and having fun in the process. Amazing connections that you could have in just an hours worth of a session. Blessed …….

  11. I never noticed your skin character until you brought it up in another episode. Amazing how hard we are with ourselves. Blessings and greetings from México.

  12. This is great, and I love seeing how you employ other experts in the field but… I can't wait for a new installment in the good light series! Hope you're gonna keep up with that as well 🙂

  13. Great video as usual. I had someone who is a photographer tell me a story of how their partner (who also was a photographer) broke off with them and then shot portraits of them to capture the melancholy that was previously there but much more enhanced now. All for art! Not sure how much empathy played a part. And not sure how cathartic it was for my acquaintance who told me the story.

  14. I'm not a portrait person, but when I'm out taking photos I always potograph my girlfriend. She used to blame my camera because it "makes her cheeks huge". I noticed two things, she is used to her selfies, the phone lens makes her eyes bigger and her nose more pointy, and her face is relaxed on all of them because she can see herself.

    I grabbed a longer lens and take them photos from far away just being herself, if she notices me taking photos I try to talk to her for a while until her facial muscles relax, because they get tired, or bored or because she is thinking in something else.

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