Friday, 23 October 2009

I Shall Be Redeemed

" A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it." Edward Steichen.

The first thing most people say to me when I am about to take a portrait of them is that they hate having their photograph taken. You can usually tell within the first 30 seconds of meeting them if you are going to click with them and produce some great shots which capture their personality. Some people take longer than others but most end up having enjoyed the experience more than they thought they would.

The job of a portrait photographer isn't just to set up the lights or operate the camera - it's about putting people at ease and connecting with them, even for a short period of time. You can tell by looking at a portrait, the relationship the sitter has had with the photographer for that brief moment when the image was made. What happens on both sides of the camera is evident in the final image.

Jamie Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of Redeem, an international leader in recovery, refurbishment and recycling of consumer electronic devices. Photographed at the company headquarters in Falkirk.

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