Video: Four Steps That Will Help You Approach and Take Portraits of Complete Strangers

Taking photographs of strangers can be a daunting task, especially for us more reserved photographers; however, it can also produce some of the most rewarding and impressive work. To that end, photographer Jimmy Hickey put together this informative video to help shy photographers get comfortable approaching strangers on the street.

The eleven minute video goes into the details of Hickey’s process when taking photographs of strangers he meets on his travels — be it on a plane or on the ground.


He’s broken the process up into four main points: the idea, the approach, creation and closing. Each of these steps together provide a fluid workflow off which you can base almost any interaction. VERY useful if you’re just getting into street portraiture or just want to break out of your shell a bit as a photographer.

Check out the video up top to hear Hinkley describe his workflow, and if you’d like to see more from him, you can visit his website or give him a follow on Facebook.