Ever wanted to turn the lens around on the people who make beautiful and/or provocative photographs, fashion or otherwise? Wondered what their style is?
We have. So we went to photographers taking part in The Light Factory Shoot Out this month and asked for a look.
This year’s Shoot Out is the rebirth of an uber-stylish Charlotte tradition more than 20 years old, dormant since 2010. In this fundraiser for the center, some of the city’s top photographers make portraits in 30-minute sessions. They donate their time and talent. The purchasers’ cost of $150, while not inexpensive, beats the $250-to-$500-and-up range such professional sessions in the area can cost (and the Shoot Out session includes an 8 by 10 print).
It’ll take place May 29 and 30 (details at lightfactory.org).
For these behind-the-lens views, we asked the photographers for self-portraits. Some did these themselves, some enlisted uncredited help, some enriched their backgrounds a bit.
Deborah Triplett, a Light Factory board member, is a Shoot Out veteran who cites “ease” as key to her own personal style. “I’ve always been drawn to fashion,” she says. “Being older has liberated me to dress more for myself than others. I think I’m bolder than I used to be. More relaxed. If I feel like wearing multi-strands of necklaces with jeans, then I do.”
Who, in turn, does she find stylish? The self-confident. “Those who take a lead and are either adventuresome in their attire or seem to be effortless are those I would describe as stylish.”
Her tips for people getting their photo made? Wear what you usually do. “I would want a person’s portrait to reflect their beauty/personality, rather than what they are wearing.”
Photographer Kim Hummel is newer to the Shoot Out and has this suggestion for people when being photographed: “It’s most tricky for the subject to just relax in front of the camera. I can still attest to being intimidated. ... If you have an image that you are trying to attain, practice in the mirror. Get familiar with how you like to see yourself.”
Or ... look for something completely different.
Michael O’Neill photographs with a specially converted camera that uses infrared light. “What excites me about this process is the ability to capture something in people that was always present, but not visible without the camera. It’s a great metaphor for photography in general.”