Removing Inhibitions

One of the things I love about portraits is their power to capture a person’s mood – oftentimes in a very subtle way.  But to have a stranger point a camera at you can be quite unnerving, which shows in the photograph.  So there are times when you need to start by removing inhibitions.   Here’s one technique I use to make people forget they’re being photographed: I start by asking the subject to look away from the camera and think about last weekend.  Here are a few examples of portraits I’ve taken recently.   It’s amazing what you can read in a smile or a look in the eyes.
What moods do you detect?

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