Shoot 2

For this particular image, I positioned my subject for a portrait and started out by shooting at a lower angle. Since I had given her some direction on posing, she was doing her best to “get it right” but was putting more effort in than necessary. Whenever I am photographing children who are older than about eight years old or so, I let them know that I will do the work, they can relax and go with it. In this case, though, she wanted to pose “just right” and the resulting look was stiff and tense, which also meant her expression was more strained. I also noticed that the background was a bit distracting.

I took the shot without comment and then put the camera down and just interacted with her until she was comfortable again. I also shifted ...

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