As a photographer I get to intentionally observe and watch people for my profession. Just as I will study the light, the composition & the possibilities of different exposures, I will also study peoples body language, facial expressions, and interactions with other people. All while trying to be as inconspicuous as possible to ensure that our subconscious brains don't turn on to say, 'why is that photographer looking at me?' or 'any other self identification of oneself, pulling us away from the present moment.' Which leads me to tell people all the time, "If you don't look good in the photo, you won't see it, because if you don't look good, I don't look good."
To account for peoples distinct reaction to a camera I have developed some tricks and cues to look for when people are less aware of their surroundings to really get the best candid photos.
For example, one of the most important steps is to get to know your audience. To be approachable, friendly and genuinely interested in each individual you have the opportunity to interact with. Which is also a visual cue to those you want to look for in a crowd because of their ability to engage subjects that otherwise don't speak much.
Getting to know you audience lead me to photograph last nights event that was to support Rhonda Lanford for Dane County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 16. Vote April, 2nd!
From observing, to interacting, to photographing Rhonda at dozens of events throughout the last several months? year? I can tell when someone is genuinely interested in what people have to say no matter who you are or what you do. This ability to constantly engage, introduce oneself and genuinely interact with people on a high level is something not many people can do with such frequency. While also having more experience than her opponent she is also well known to the community, with a solid record of advocating the people's rights of Dane County.
With Congressman Mark Pocan , Dane County Executive Joe Parisi , Wisconsin State Assembly member Chris Taylor & Board Supervisor Chuck Erickson in attendance and support for Rhonda, she is by far the right choice for the people of Madison.