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As a landscape photographer, I may be on thin ice when talking about the key to making a good portrait.

I’m not gifted with the ability to have people relax in front of my camera lens in a short period of time, so I found it difficult to take a client’s money when all I gave him/her in return was a “say cheese” expression in a nice setting.

But I have discovered the best results come from taking time to build a relationship with the subject. It’s about a level of trust and the person feeling good about posing.

Technical components (like lighting, setting, and exposure) can be nailed down, but a relaxed, uninhibited expression can put the portrait into the “successful” category.

Note: baby picture is not for sale.

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Brian DeWolf
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