Creating authentic people portraits is all about connection. The photographer has the dual task of forming a connection with the subject which helps that person open up and be vulnerable with you, and then create a photograph which inspires a connection between the viewer and the subject in the photograph. Sometimes that connection is accomplished by having the subject look into the camera. As the saying goes, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” But, sometimes, that connection can be formed by capturing a casual emotion or moment which the viewer can relate to. A thoughtful glance, a flirty smile, or maybe that elusive, emotionless, straight face which somehow has a way of communicating so much in a less-is-more style. Either way, the photographer must have good people skills and be able to lead and direct the subject in a way which harbors trust and relatability.


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