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The Taser Photoshoot: Because Why Wouldn’t You Want to Tase Your Loved Ones?

By Hanssie on August 27th 2014

taser-photoshoot-patrick-hall-1Be honest. How many of you have ever wanted to tase your significant other? Maybe they’ve annoyed you that day, you wanted to get a reaction out of them or perhaps they just downright deserved a few jolts of electricity for some reason or another.

The Taser Photoshoot – Original Version

Well, portrait photographer Patrick Hall has wanted to tase people for almost a year and capture it on camera, so he finally decided to do it.

As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them.  But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time?  This is the idea behind my latest series:  The Taser Photoshoot.

Patrick, one of the founders of Fstoppers, gathered 100 volunteers willing to allow a friend or significant other shoot them with a stun gun while he captured their reactions in slow motion on film and on camera. Shooting with a Nikon D810 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, Patrick was able to shoot a bit wider as “having people jumping around in the frame can make it difficult to compose the perfect shot.” He describes his entire lighting and video setup over on his article on Fstoppers.


taser-photoshoot-patrick-hall-3Using friends or significant others to wield the stun gun added another interesting, anthropological dynamic to the shoot. In the extended version of the video, which you can see below, he captures the reactions of both taser and tasee. The reactions of those being tased had a broad range of screaming (and with 300k volts going through your naked skin, that’s understandable) to completely silent. Patrick says 4 men and women actually seemed unfazed by the experience.

Taser Photoshoot

Taser Photoshoot

The Taser Photoshoot Extended Version

The results are both hilarious and interesting to watch. I personally would never want to be tased or want to tase anyone, but in slow motion, the entire experience is almost mesmerizing. If you’re curious to hear Patrick’s thoughts on the shoot, how he set up the lighting, and planned the shots, check out the behind the scenes video below.

The Taser Photoshoot Behind the Scenes Video

To see the entire gallery of images from the shoot, head over to Patrick Hall’s website and Fstoppers.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    Very funny.

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  2. Wendell Fernandes

    :) interesting!

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Congratulations for making it to CNN Headlines! Creativity and cool to have so many friends and relatives to acceped being zapped.

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  4. Brian Drumm

    This was such an awesome idea.

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  5. Steinar Knai

    Sick, sick, sick! What kind of society publishes photos of people shot with a Tazer? And for fun?

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  6. Roie Magen

    Super cool :-)

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  7. Reynardt Badenhorst

    Anything goes these days, that’s of course if its well executed like this one.

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  8. Al cu

    make photos, I get it

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