The most endearing part of any photograph of people is the expression. All other elements may fail, and we still love the photograph because of the expression.

Getting a great expression is often the hardest part of taking portraits.  There are so many factors that come into play.  This skill takes time to develop and find out what works and what does not.

You could try talking about something funny or sing silly songs.  Saying “cheese” is not recommended. You know what you’ll get? A big, fake, toothy, goofy face.

Putting so much pressure on a child to perform can really get in the way of getting real expressions.

This is part six of an eight part series from an article  called “Everyday Images Made Extraordinary” that I wrote for a division of Gordon Photography & Gallery dedicated to mentoring other professional photographers who wish to learn more about the business of photography.

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