A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks. He’s implicated in what’s happening, and he has a certain real power over the result. - Richard Avedon
I love this quote. And it is what came to mind when I was photographing Lindsay. Going into her session, I had a different general idea of how the session was going to turn out. I was imagining a little bit more on the boudoir side like other pregnancy shoots I have done. But when I walked in and saw her sitting on her awesome couch surrounded by all of her quirky little decorations, I told her to just stay put because I wanted to photograph her just like that. And her reaction was to avoid looking directly at my camera because it made her feel awkward. I never asked her to look at the camera and I found it interesting that she chose to actively ignore and refuse to acknowledge the fact that I was photographing her by not making eye contact.