The recipe for a fantastic photoshoot is passion plus passion. If you're passionate about what you do, your enthusiasm will be captured by a passionate photographer.
It doesn't matter what you're passionate about. Just let your passion exude and take over, and those around you will be affected by it.
I've had the pleasure of working with a few passionate people and I just love being in their presence. There's just something captivating that sweeps you along with them.
I had the pleasure to meet Sophie Highfield just before Christmas as she was getting ready to open her second Cafe Blend coffee shop in the UK. Sophie discovered her passion for coffee while she was travelling and it is this passion that has led her to open a chain of unique coffee shops. Sophie doesn't just supply coffee because she knows people will buy it, she does it because she is passionate about what she does. The range of coffees, coffee-martinis and speciality teas that Cafe Blend produce are quite unique.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph some of the Cafe Blend drinks and it was a pleasure to hear Sophie enthuse about the products - from the specialist coffee blend they use and all the other ingredients to the time, skill and technique they put into making each drink. As well as photographing them I also had the opportunity to sample one or two of them. I can honestly say they taste as good as they look.
Somebody else I worked with who is passionate about what they do is Laura Norrey. Laura is a model with a passion for the 1950's. We met as a result of a tweet I sent asking for a 1950's style model. Within minutes, three separate people had recommended Laura and I'm glad they did. Laura is a quintessential 1950's model - elegant, refined, delicate and she just oozes style. When I met her it was actually a surprise to see her in colour - I almost expected her to be in black and white.
I worked with Laura on 'The Kiss', a recreation of a classic shot. Laura's passion for everything vintage was totally contagious and this was evident in her attention to detail and just how much hard work she put into the shoot. I have some other projects in the pipeline which will allow me to work with Laura again, and I can honestly say I can't wait for them to happen.
I'm passionate about photography. It's why I do what I do. One thing I have noticed, though, is that my passion increases when I am around other people who are passionate about what they do. There appears to be some from of exponential growth. It's synergy in its truest sense - the end result is far greater than the sum of the component parts.
So, if you want to be successful, if you want people to love what you do to the same extent that you do, get passionate about it. Then connect with other people that are passionate about what they do. Success, then, is only a matter of time.
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Terry McNamara is a Manchester based freelance and commercial photographer and photography tutor. Here you can keep up to date with the projects Terry is working on and whatever he may be currently thinking about.