Jeff Lipsky talks to A Photo Editor about photographing celebrities

Are celebrities as charismatic when they show up for a photo shoot as they are when we see them on screen? “It’s interesting,” celebrity and lifestyle photographer Jeff Lipsky tells A Photo Editor in an interview published last week. “A lot of actors, they obviously have ‘it,’ but a lot of them don’t necessarily have ‘it’ for a stills camera. They’re used to being in front of a moving camera. When they have to stand in front of a stagnant camera and look into the lens, it’s actually awkward for them. The ones that are pros, and have been doing it for a long time, obviously, are used to it. But they don’t necessarily like it.

“Most actors, I believe, don’t like being photographed,” Jeff continues. “When they’re acting, they’re doing their skill. When they’re in front of a stills camera, it’s not necessarily what they want to be doing. In fact, my job is to make it as pleasurable and easy for them as possible. I’m usually done shooting them before they think they’re going to be done. And I keep them moving around as much as possible. I’ll never have anyone standing around on a set for more than 10 minutes. Then I’ll have another set or scenario where I’ll put them. It’s always moving and changing. We also play amazing music. Half the time we’re talking, keeping them entertained and amused. So we’re always goofing around.”

Read the full interview here.

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Jeff Lipsky_Carrie Underwood on set

Jeff Lipsky photographing country star Carrie Underwood last year for a vitaminwater campaign.

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