This year is working out in a quite interesting way and I was really happy with a couple of portrait sessions I did in Barcelona. Relaxing and fun. Both Julio and Sergio were sipping a couple of beers when we arrived to shoot them and there is no better way to get to know a couple of guys than over a couple of beers!
While we were talking I was location scouting their street. We were initially meant to shoot one of the guys in their apartment, but they were not so keen on that. One of the things I like to do as a photographer is really show respect for the people you’re shooting. You need to know when it right to push for something and when it’s better to let it drop.
So across the road from the café, right on their street, there was a bench and a painted garage roller door. Street art is a big part of the Barcelona streets and having it in the background creates a good neighbourhood feel. I loved the way both of them dressed – great personal style and they both posed with little interference with me. All Lara had to do was get a nice glow with the reflector and we were off.
The whole session? About half an hour. Lara said to me the other day that it’s always the last shot or last pose that I end up using. That’s generally true – and that’s why it’s generally the last setup! Once you have it in the bag, pack it up!