Meeting Your Subjects
So we've arrived at Dan's studio which is on the outskirts of Lisbon. We've driven up the coast, left a studio behind for now. I'm gonna meet him for the first time. I haven't seen his face properly yet. He's a bit of an enigma online. I've checked out his Instagram, which is popular but no pictures of his face. He's a really well-known board shaper. Before I meet any model or somebody I'm working with I'll do a little bit of research online. There's a great YouTube video online within which he talks about his life, and his philosophy, and what things mean to him. I often look for something that I can connect with on the same level before I meet someone in that sense. He's got a daughter, I'm a dad. It's a great meeting point from the off. I'll use that as soon as I meet him. So takeaway is to look for something in common with yourself and your subject, because then you can meet on a relatable level rather than just going in blind, just like (imitates engine). You won't get a natural r...
esponse from someone like that. Try and connect with them on something that they can relate to. Not just the surfing, not just the photography, something a bit deeper. My other top tip is when you first meet your model or the person you're working with, despite this being a photo shoot, leave your camera in the car. Don't let them be phased by this from the outset. So that stays behind. I just wanna talk to him as a human. We're both people, gotta relate to each other on that level first. Once we're comfortable with each other, once he's comfortable with me, we can introduce the camera and capture natural moments. So this is day one of our shoot. Today we're gonna meet Dan at his studio. Day two we're gonna jump in an old Land Rover, head down the coast, find some beautiful coves, waves. And day three we'll shoot Dan surfing. This is like a dream assignment, really, isn't it? If you know me from Instagram, you know I have one of these Land Rovers. In the sunshine, it's never very sunny in Wales. It's a dream to be here and to be working with someone who's so well known within the community, knows this coastline like the back of his hands, grew up here, who should be able to take us to some great spots that I would not be able to find without him. So I'm stoked. Let's go meet Dan in his board shaping room. Okay. This is a telltale sign. The truck. I think we're on the right track. Damn. This is super nice. More of that later. (distant music) (door knocking)
Hey, how you doing? Good to meet you.
How's it going, man? You good?
Good. Finally got here.
Have a nice flight?
Yeah, it's a bit-
A bit warmer here than Wales. (both laughing) (calm music)