It’s not uncommon for anyone, especially a first-time subject, to demonstrate a little trepidation when the camera comes out. The emotional starting point for any session exists on a spectrum from enthusiastic to indifferent. My job is to be the guide to the destination of great portraits.
The process of convincing the subject to follow my lead is the same every time. What differs is the amount. Call it dose-dependant.
This session in Clayton, Missouri went according to plan. What was unexpected was how compelling her expressions were between doubt and certainty.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.