Although short on photographic details, Sports Illustrated has a pleasant feature about Simon Bruty shooting the cover for this week's magazine. Michael Phelps "helped arrange the medals around the necks of both [Simone] Biles and [Katie] Ledecky, artfully dovetailing the discs and smoothing the ribbons. It looked as if he had done this before."
That must have been a fun and memorable session.
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Adrian Malloch: "I always find it interesting to observe how other photographers interact with the talent and turn the shoot into something that is their own.
"Simon Bruty is clearly adept at getting what is needed from his subjects.
"As he starts to position the athletes, Phelps moves out of position to help Ledecky with her medal display. Instead of interfering, Bruty turns his attention to Biles and fusses for a while, allowing the moment to continue between the athletes.
"Notice also how he addresses each person in turn, saying their name and what he wants from them as he grabs them by the shoulders, manhandling the athletes into position. He wouldn't be as physical with say a CEO or a classical musician. But for each different subject he would create an appropriate physical interaction.
"Touching a subject before the shoot is a vital part of creating a human connection between the photographer and the subject. It needs to be done both sensitively (to the subject and the situation) but with meaning and purpose. Done well, the subjects will be themselves, still be caught up in the moment but willingly following the photographer's lead and direction."