I love trifectas, because they give you a chance to get to know an artist from three different perspectives and Brian is definitely somebody who should be on your radar. He's sure on mine! Follow Brian on his blog and you'll find him on Facebook and Twitter, always with great images and info! Skip Cohen
Nothing is more important to portrait photography than connecting with the person you’re photographing—it’s the foundation of an extraordinary portrait.
Establishing your subject’s trust always takes some time. Anything you can do to speed up that process will make you a better photographer. A good portrait photographer is a 15-second psychoanalyst. That’s generally how long you have to size up your subjects and decide how to best approach them.
When I collaborated with The Creative Coalition and Sony to photograph a cross-section of artists for the book Art & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate the Arts I generally had 10-15 minutes to photograph each artist. Not much time to make a meaningful connection.
Celebrities get asked the same questions over and over again, so I try to do a bit of research looking for something other than their filmography. If you want to really break the ice, ask them something they haven’t been asked a million times already.
When I photographed Dulé Hill, I’d gotten plenty of perfectly acceptable images - all with exactly the same expression you see in every one of his headshots. I’d read in his bio that he loves tap dance. So to loosen him up a bit, I asked him about it. He told me that Gregory Hines was his hero while growing up, and his greatest honor was being asked to tap dance at Hines’ funeral. Without further ado, he began tap dancing…on carpet…in his sneakers....
Looking to get to know Brian even more? Check out Secrets of Great Portrait Photography. Then wander over to his galleries to see more of his work.