Approaches to making portraits of strangers

One of the ambitions I see for photo enthusiasts heading out to me in Morocco is the desire to make interesting photos of people in the country. This is not always the case, many photographers have no wish to photograph strangers on a point of principle or are too shy to try. Each country or culture has different views about photography but a portrait by its nature is universal in its approach; one that demands the willing participation of the sitter. Street photography is a very different kettle of fish. So here are my thoughts on how I go about getting good portraits on location with people who are not professional models.

Young women 

It’s often been said that the ideal subjects are young women and old men. Hopefully we’ve moved a bit beyond this in our photographic thinking, but there’s little doubt that both

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