Thursday Tip: How to Get Celebrity Publicists to Say Yes

Posted by on Thursday October 26, 2017 | Celebrity

Celebrity publicists are often quick to reject good portrait ideas from photographers and photo editors. They’re afraid photographers will make their clients look bad. But Greg Garry, photo editor for OUT magazine, has strategies for getting around their caution.

“One of my secret weapons is I usually present my favorite idea second,” he says. “You [present] the most outlandish one first so they can say no immediately, and then you say, ‘OK, well how about this,’ and you’ll have the actual idea you want to do.”

Another solution is to get the celebrity on board with the shoot, and essentially bypass the publicist. “Most of the time the celebrity is into whatever you want to do. They want to make an interesting, creative picture too.”

See “Photo Editors’ Tips on How to Photograph Celebrities” (subscription required)

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