The majority of the time when I go out for a shoot, I prefer to go solo. It makes it easier to get the photos that I need when I don’t have any extra bodies and voices to try and work around (getting the perfect photo and then realizing your coworker is in the shot is not the greatest feeling in the world). However, there are times when it’s really great to have another person around.
When I went to take a portrait of Bill at Bumping Lake he was originally pretty straight faced. Most people are when you first put a big camera up in their face. Since I had a reporter along with me, she was able to chat with him while I waited for him to shake off the uncomfortableness of being in front of the camera and show some genuine emotion.
Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of patience and a properly positioned coworker.