Meet the Hurts
It is a familiar scene to any photographer used to taking portraits of couples. One of the pair is stoked about having a portrait session and cannot wait to get some decent shots to share with their family and friends. The other is in their own private hell. To some, being posed in front of a camera for an hour or two is akin to chewing glass or having a lobotomy.
A seasoned photographer should immediately realize that a client doesn't want to have their photo made. It isn't hard to see. The client's body posture says it all. If posture doesn't give their attitude away, the forced smile they give on the first set of shots surely will.
A photographer's job is much more than snagging a shot or capturing a smile just at the right moment. A photographers job is also to turn Moody Marty (or Martha) into Positive Peter (Paula). Photography, especially for a foreign photographer in Tokyo, is a people business.
Tony and Shanna Hurt are two of the most laid back, positive people you could ever meet. That is why I was so surprised to hear that one of these lovebirds hates to have their picture made. As soon as the Hurts arrived for our shoot, I was informed that I had my work cut out for me. I assured the Hurts that I love a good challenge.
While the first several shutter clicks didn't produce any gold, it didn't take long for the couple to relax and get into a groove. Taking short breaks in between sets and me pretending to "test the light" gave the Hurts the chance to relax, chat with each other and even steal a kiss. Before they knew it, the Hurts' 90 minute couples session was finished. The couple did an amazing job as models (the photos prove it).
Good luck in Pakistan Tony and Shanna!