Walking up to a complete stranger and asking them if they would like to have a photo taken of them is a challenge for some people. This is exactly what Jessica Kobeissi set out to do, but she wasn’t alone. She decided to have the duo from Mango Street, Rachel Gulotta and Daniel Inskeep, join in on her escapades in the streets.
What’s the best way to get volunteers for this? The trio made some signs with poster boards stating “free portraits” which didn’t seem to work out very well. Asking strangers with a sincere approach while giving a compliment on their style or look worked a lot better and I would assume this would have the best chances of success if you wish to try this challenge out for yourself.
Below are some of my favorite shots from the challenge.
I quite enjoyed watching the video to see how the three of them approached the strangers and worked with them to capture their shots. Everything was kept simple and they worked in the area where they came across the strangers. Having the strangers sign the model release did have one stranger walk away thinking it wouldn’t take as much time away, and I wonder how many others did the same. What are your thoughts on this challenge?
Images used with permission of Jessica Kobeissi, Rachel Gulotta, and Daniel Inskeep.