I've had college and high school students observe me when I am on assignment and it can be a bit nerve-racking at times because I'm supposed to be the one observing, not the one being observed. I thought about this when I was assigned to photograph a local photographer, Jade Beall for a story about Kickstarter projects in Tucson. She is taking photos of mothers for a book she is working on called "A Beautiful Body."
The photo sessions can be very intimate between Jade and her subjects. I did not want my presence to disturb the trust she was trying to build with her subject. I also thought that maybe she would be nervous about having another photographer in her studio while she was taking photos. But the whole experience was great and I picked up some tips from Jade by watching her connect to the mother and daughter in her studio.
One of the most important aspects of the job is connecting with your subject so they feel at ease with you. When the subject is relaxed and trusts you, then the photographs will flow easily.
Check out this Sunday's Home and Life section to read the story and to see more photos.