Aaron Sarles specializes in pictures of people and is happy to shoot anyone doing anything in any setting. His photographs have been featured in Antigravity Magazine and he has worked extensively with numerous fashion designers to help express their creative vision. He is frequently sought out for his live concert photography and has also produced corporate headshots for Lucid and Exceptional Dental.
I think the thing I most love about my camera is that it gives me access, in every sense of the word. Not only does having a large camera with a large lens allow me to have a reasonable justification for being pretty much anywhere (shoot first, ask questions later, as the saying goes), but it allows me to glimpse parts of people that they may not even see in themselves. It always makes my day when I show someone their picture and their jaw drops. "I never knew I could look that good," they often say, and I can only grin back at them, because I knew all along that they looked absolutely stunning.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I think the photographer has a duty to care for anyone they point their lens at, because so often the act of being photographed can be frightening and vulnerable. Whenever I am photographing a party, for example, there are so many thousands of energies flitting around the room; people are airing their insecurities, their joys, their lusts, they are performing but they are also naked. After I take a picture of someone, I will always lower my camera for a brief moment and give them a nod and a smile, just to make sure that they are happy about it. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred they are, and in fact it is obvious how flattered they are that out of the hundreds of people present I chose them. But in the rare occasion that I sense that someone is not too pleased, I make the effort to approach them and, if they so wish, delete the picture. I want everyone that I interact with to come out of it happier.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
My mother actually liked a picture I took of her one time.