Over The Top: Asking to Take People's Picture


Still finding it hard to ask people if you can take their portrait? Let me tell you how to find people who *want* to be asked.

Credits: adam_g2000

If you look through my albums you’ll find very few portraits of people other than my family, this is because I find it hard to ask people if they mind me shooting them. I’m finding it easier now, and I’ve discovered the reason.

Motat military weekend in Auckland, New Zealand has a wealth of reenactment enthusiasts. These guys work very hard at their authentic costumes and are always willing to pose for a shot. All you have to do is ask!

As a family man, I end up going to lots of events to entertain my children. These events often have people in costume, as entertainment. These people normally have an ‘exhibitionist’ streak (in the best possible sense) and they always want to have their photo taken.

When I discovered this, I found myself asking them, and each time it became easier. Next time I’m out on the street and see a stranger I want to shoot, it won’t be nearly as hard to ask.

This person was fascinated by my Lubitel at Glenbrook Village Railway. He had no problem posing for me when I asked.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-04-12 in #gear #tipster #quickie-tipster #lomography #portraits #confidence #asking #subject #talking #people #art


  1. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    @jennysparkle and I were talking about this earlier! I need to be braver!

  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    You make a good point. I am painfully shy sometimes so I find it difficult to ask permission.

  3. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    There have been so many people I would love to take a photo of that have passed me by. I wish I was more brave!

  4. marcustegtmeier
    marcustegtmeier ·

    Yeah I think this is pretty accurate. I'm lucky that I live in such a weird place and it seems like everyone wants to get their photo taken.

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