Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the technical aspects of portraiture that I neglect the the most important part of the process... coaxing a flattering expression from the subjects. Capturing a natural smile can be quite a challenge, particularly when you're pointing a bazooka size lens at your model from 6 feet away. Having them say "cheese" just doesn't do it for me. And with two subjects, your odds of getting a keeper go down by a factor of 4. My neighbors, Harry and Monica, were all dolled up for a dinner date, and I volunteered to take their portrait. My first four attempts ended up like this... awkward expressions of ill ease and forced smiles. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Then I remembered a tip from an old portrait specialist (Jarrell?). I told them to forget about the picture and look directly into each other's eyes, and not to turn back to the camera until I gave them a signal. I let them gaze at each other for 10 seconds, until they almost giggled, and then yelled now! View attachment 15358 Note: If you do this more than once in a session, you'll lose the advantage of surprise, so take a few test shots first, and dial in your settings.