Minimal lighting setup on these quick grab shots at the park (Nikon SB900 on camera iTTL, bounced). Things don’t always need to be overproduced, just well done. The most difficult thing is getting people who are not models to agree to be photographed. Many people now prefer self-portraits or “selfies.” My guess is that they want to have more control over how the world views them when putting it all out there for the world to see. The problem with that is that for the average cell phone photographer most of the time the effort fails.
Don’t get me wrong, I think of a snapshot taken in the moment as the pinnacle of photography. There is nothing more real or engaging than a good snapshot. Fashion photographers often use a technique emulating a familiar looking sloppy snapshot to draw us into an editorial storyline. The models still have porcelain skin but the edges are blurry and the sun dazzles by seeming to shine directly in our eyes. The point is if there is one that photography is a complete fabrication. It tells us what the photographer wants us to hear. Some people think that is a bad thing but not me. I want to tell you a story but only the first chapter. I want you to pick it up from there and use the frame to let your imagination go forward (or backwards) to the next scene.