The last few times I've been out on shoots, it's been with people who have been in the process of creating something. There's something really satisfying photographing someone else who is totally focused on what they're doing to create and make something. It's practically mesmerising; it also lets me get into a similar zone at the same time, concentrating on creating the best possible image of them that I can.
It alters the relationship between the photographer and the subject in some way, perhaps. Because you're both engaged in the same sort of thing - creating - there's a more earnest element to it than, for example, shooting someone in the controlled environment of a studio or in a headshot session.
Not only that, but you also get a unique insight into something that you don't normally see. Normally you see the finished object - the painting or the stamp or the show on stage. Getting a look at the process of creation mid flow is something exciting.
Are you an artist, performer, or a creator of any kind? I'd be interested in photographing you! Drop me a line on the contact page or email me directly at email@example.com