It took me a while to get over the fear of asking random people for a photograph, but when I finally worked up the nerve, it got me some fantastic images, made me some great friends and the more I do it, the easier it gets.
Big public events where people expect to be photographed, like street festivals, can be fantastic way of getting lots of quick “yes” answers without having to think too much about it, just to get you over that initial fear of approaching people.
Once you’ve got that basic fear beat, it’s just a case of refining your approach for every day people in the street.
Do you approach strangers and ask them if you can make a portrait? What works for you? Let us know in the comments.