By: Kelsey Gentile
Sometimes I tell myself that I may have picked the wrong major. I am absolutely horrible at approaching people to interview them or take their picture. But then an opportunity comes up and I surprise myself.
People can be intimidating to approach, but from personal experience it’s one of the most rewarding acts I have done. That’s where you get some of the best stories and uncover bits of information about a person or place.
I wouldn’t say I’m shy, but I also know I am not very outgoing. So I’ll share some tips I have for approaching a stranger. I like to have a general statement written down before, so I don’t get flustered after saying hello. Knowing I have something to follow with makes it easier to approach someone. Also I feel it’s easier if you get comfortable in the environment for a little while before approaching someone.
There are several tips photographers come across that works better for them than others. It’s helpful to know it gets a little easier every time you approach someone new, but that nervousness is still there. Keep a lookout for tips and then keep the ones you find helpful in an easy to find place.