Contrary to popular opinion, celebrity photography isn’t just for the paparazzi and crazy fans. At the Luminance 2012 photography conference, editorial and commercial photographer Peter Yang discussed the creative process of shooting celebrity portraits. From coming up with distinctive portrait ideas and props, to dealing with the pressure of being given complete creative license, to trying to create an that “iconic” image for each celebrity, Yang gives us an inside look at working with some of the most famous people in the world:
Having worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, politics, and business–such as Will Ferrell, President Barack Obama, and Donald Trump–Yang admits that it isn’t always easy dealing with so many different types of personalities and expectations. He gives a few simple tips that can apply to portrait photographers–or any photographer, for that matter:
1) Be confident (fake it if you have to!)
2) Be creative and take risks
3) Be patient (take your time–more photos isn’t always better).
Make sure to check out the whole video for the funny stories behind some of the pictures you’ll see below:
“I always think that eating a sandwich will make a picture better . . . and it worked!”
“If you don’t have any ideas, a taxidermy animal is always a 50% improvement on your picture”
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