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Sarah Calhoun started Red Ants Pants nine years ago in Montana with no background in business and no experience in apparel design. She simply wanted to provide women with better fitting work pants and was determined to find a way. By 2006 her company was in full swing, and in 2011 she started the first annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival, which draws attendees from across the region. Throughout my 11-day assignment in Montana, more people recognized Calhoun’s name, brand, and music festival than any other subject I photographed. Calhoun’s previous experience as an outdoor hiking guide made it easy for me to relate to her, which can be the most important part of portrait photography. In addition to finding good natural light and positioning your subject in front of an interesting background, your subject’s sense of ease can be the difference between a good portrait and a bad portrait.
Photo tip: Before photographing your subject, get to know the person, and allow her to build her trust in you as someone who is genuinely interested. For some assignments, this means spending days with a person before actually pulling out the camera. In this case, however, I only had a few hours with my subject. I spent the first 20 minutes talking with Sarah, touring her storefront and looking for good details that would make for an interesting background.
Photographed with a Canon 6D and 24mm 1.4 L lens. Exposure settings: 1/50 sec, f/5.0, ISO 400