(If you prefer not to read my thoughts, just scroll down to see the photos)
When you think about photography, what matters is usually the end product, the photograph. To me, however, in addition to the end product, I think the whole experience is just as important. This is especially important when your subjects are people.
When I was chosen to photograph the Bisht Comedy show in Washington, DC I was a bit nervous, well may be a lot! I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know any of the performers nor the organizers. My mind was spinning with thoughts and ideas... but my main issue was how to break the ice. Will I be able to make the connection that will allow me to capture the right moments? Sometimes it's hard to connect with one client, let alone 6 or 7! In addition, these guys, in a relatively very short time, became very popular in the
Middle East. So I was wondering whether they would have their guards up
or not. It would make a whole difference between an easy relaxed photoshoot or a nerve wrecking one. My mind was going aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.....
Well, guess what, if you've seen the photos of the Bisht Comedy Tour in DC you could bet it was all buttery smooth. The guys were AMAZING. Starting with Hisham Khalifa, the energetic and dynamic tour manager, gave me a warm welcome and introduced me to everyone. The right guy for the job, made sure everyone was taken care of and everything running smoothly. Mazru' Almazru', the managing director of Time Agency, the BOSS! Well, the kind of boss you really want to work for. Someone who really cared for his people. I really sensed a protective quality in his personality. He's also really funny!
The comedians. When you're around them, you get the urge to act funny and throw some jokes. I decided to save my face and stay behind the camera... no need to add more pressure on myself, I think it was a wise decision. Great people. Nice and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to be around them. I was happy to have met them in their real persona. I really enjoyed talking to each one of them. They're the kind whom I don't really mind hanging out with, and would actually have a great time! I can see that I could even have some good meaningful conversations with some of them if not all.
So yes, these humanly interpersonal connections I had with each member of this group made the whole experience an AWESOME one. It was a smooth relaxed photoshoot with amazing results.
Aside from the business aspect, I think the real value lies within these connections we make with each other. It's a feeling similar to the one I get when I interact with patients as they smile to me and say "thank you" as they leave the room. It's that human touch that makes it a memorable experience. It's that mutual respect, when present, things fall in place.
Our paths might not cross again, but I shall forever remember this experience! So THANK YOU to all of them.
I leave you with some of the behind the scenes photos... enjoy :-)