Above: Image, Gina Milicia
A few years ago I had a portrait shoot with a woman by the name of Dawn, well-loved and respected in the music industry (name, date and industry changed to protect the innocent).
From the first moment I met Dawn my inner monologue was “Houston we have a problem.”
Dawn shook my hand but her eyes were cold.
I knew I could take a great shot but there was something about her energy, yep, I said ‘energy’, that threw me.
When I finally got Dawn onto the set I approached her again for a quick pre-shoot chat. This is something I like to do to establish a connection. Sometimes I ask how people got to the studio or notice an item of clothing. There isn’t a formula, it’s just chit chat.
This technique usually works but every once in a while you meet someone like Dawn who doesn’t behave like most people. Now let me be very clear here. Dawn was polite and professional and agreed to do everything I asked her to do. The problem was I felt like everything . . .