Breaking the Ice

The first step is always the hardest, whether you’re shooting strangers (using a camera, of course) or writing your first post.

Back in Summer 2013, and to overcome the worries about photographing and interacting with strangers, a friend and I headed to Beirut Souks for a challenge. The task was pretty simple; we would separate and go in a different direction each, ask people for permission to photograph them, and then meet again at our starting point, one hour later.

As scary and awkward as it first seemed, it didn’t take more than two or three faces to feel completely comfortable and for the adrenaline to kick in. I was surprised how most people agreed right away, and one quick hour later, I had shots of more than 15 strangers, one of which ended up becoming a client (with whom I’ve worked more than once).

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And just like that, the ice was broken.

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