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. 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.