As a sti lls photographe r, one of Helen’s tas ks is to ta ke the poste r sh ots to publicize ea ch new se ries . But how do you capture these distinctive characters in just tw o-and-a-ha lf minutes ?
“I think when you’re dealing with actors you have to remember you’re not shooting the famous person, you’re shooting the
character. You’re shooting Arya Stark or you’re shooting Jon Snow. That’s who’s in your studio: it’s not Kit Harington, it’s Jon Snow. As a stills photographer you have to be good at working people out quickly, because every single person that you shoot has adifferent personality, they work in a different way. Different things make them comfortable. You almost have a checklist in your head of what each cast member likes when they come into the studio and how they like to work, what helps them to slip into character. Some people will go into the studio and we just won’t speak because when they’re in character some woman with a modern camera doesn’t exist in that world, because they’re in the world of Gameof
Thrones where there are no cameras! I’m charmed because I’ve been on this job for seven years, so I know the cast and I know how they work and that speeds the process up a lot. All of which enables me to do a poster shoot in two and a half minutes!”