Well, for movies, they choose me. For my derelicts, I just point my car in a direction and drive until I see interesting areas to explore.
For the most part as a commercial shooter, I shoot whatever the client wants. For personal work, I shoot animals at the Cleveland metroparks zoo because they let me light them and if the animals aren't dangerous, I get to be in the cage or exhibit with them.
My subjects choose me.
They are often chosen for me based upon the various requests and assignments from publications and individuals.
Those subjects that catch my eye or that I 'see' imagery immediately.
I choose subjects that are striking to me - often something that I've walked or driven by many times, waiting for the right light, weather, or emotional moment to capture.
Very carefully. Since I shoot mostly professional models depending on the project Iíll cast either locally or nationally. The right mix is tough to find on some of my projects.
I need to be inspired and wait till that occurs. The world speaks to me and intrigues me. I will travel to distant places to explore a culture, geography, foods, smells, people to learn and see what I do not know. All I am is what I have been and I know that changes when I travel and see new experiences.
Sometimes I go out looking for specific stock themes. However, most time I happen upon something that piques my curiosity and that is where the fun begins.
Most of the time they pick me. I'm a working editorial/commercial photographer and I shoot what the art directors need, and then some. Personal work is just things I'm interested in or which I feel world be cool to shoot.
I'm allowed to choose my subjects???
What a great question. My subjects often find me.
Even if I'm photographing models, I tell them that we need to "find the picture." It isn't always automatic. Recently I went to a vintage aircraft show. Even though the aircraft were interesting, I still needed to find the picture.
I ended up shooting the aircraft in the reflections of other aircraft. One would have a chrome nose cone on the propeller, and I could see another airplane in that reflection. I think there's a self portrait, from that shoot, in my portfolio.
From a business standpoint, at this stage in my game anyway, beggars can't be choosers. So I take what comes at me, unless I can see it isn't a good fit. From the standpoint of stock photography, I usually shoot what inspires me at the moment. I'm often inspired by different objects, different photography mediums, different people, who knows. Inspiration comes in many different forms and I find myself happiest shooting that which gives me the shivers when I'm in the moment.
They choose me
I often see the world in moments that I kind of capture in my mind which generate a feeling, if I like it I will try to recreate it, so I choose them according to my minds eye.