Ep 279: How to shoot relaxed and authentic portraits with guest Nick Boothman

Nick Boothman is a photographer and speaker who specialises in the art of connecting with people. We chat to Nick about the decades he spent as a fashion advertising photographer and the lessons he learnt about connecting with people. Nick is author of the seminal book “How to make people like you in 90 second or less”. The New York Times proclaimed: “Boothman is Dale Carnegie for a rushed era.”

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Show Notes

Shout out

Jason McCoy
I take portraits of dogs at my local rescues and I see what a dog can do for someone who is getting up there in age. One of my closest friends was 73 years old and her husband had recently passed. After some convincing I got her to adopt the sweetest German Shepherd. That dog changed her life. She gave her a reason to wake up in the morning. It gave her a schedule. Somebody to walk with. And most importantly someone to love. That dog helped my friend through 8 different cancers and helped keep her spirits high even on the worst days. In 2020 I will capture that love and help show the world how amazing rescue pets can be, especially to our senior citizens.

Nick Boothman

“Boothman is Dale Carnegie for a rushed era.”

Nick Boothman is a photographer and speaker who specialises in the art of connecting with people.

His book
“How to make people like you in 90 second or less” was one of the most inspiring and influential books I’ve read. It’s a gamechanger to any photographer who wants to connect with their models quickly and create authentic portraits

In this interview Nick shares some great stories and incredible tips including:

  • His life as a fashion advertising photographer working for clients like AT&T, Revlon and Coke
  • Making a good first impression
  • The importance of attitude
  • Why you should notice the colour of someone’s eyes
  • Finding common ground
  • It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it that matters
  • Why it’s important that your clients like you.
  • Synchronising or mirroring
  • Nick also shares one of THE BEST SMILE HACKS EVER and it’s so simple!
  • And heaps more!

Nicholas Boothman’s website

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