Friday, August 12, 2011

Photographing Photographers featuring Staci Takach

Working for a newspaper I have shot a lot of feature profile photos. Many of those profiles have been artists for the paper's weekly Lodi Living section. Some those artists have been photographers.

Shooting artists is normally pretty easy because they generally have some kind of outgoing personality that shines through in photos.

But photographing another photographer can be a little awkward simply because you know they are watching everything you do. Make a minor screw up while shooting a painter and they probably won't notice. Screw up in front of a shooter and you know they saw it.

Luckily for me, last week's shoot with local photog and friend Staci Takach went on without a hitch. She made it as easy as it could have been. She picked a good location, laid out her camera collection on a blanket and went to town being herself. It made for some great photos.

Being a photographer, she knew exactly what I wanted with me only giving her a couple instructions. She sat, played with her camera, answered questions from the reporter and talked to a dragonfly, all while ignoring me, giving me the best candid portraits I could get.

 For the shoot she chose a meadow in the Lodi Lake nature area, one of her favorite places to shoot. We shot in the early evening, giving us some great, golden back light. This really helped me recreate the vintage feel she conveys in her own photos.

So, if you have some free time, read the story about Staci and her photography at and visit her blog. Takach