In the photography world, the word “portrait” has often been lost in translation. I believe that, by definition, the image should portray, not mould a person into a look. Still, many “portrait” studios have set lighting, backgrounds and even hair and makeup services that run to tight formulas. My heroes of photography are the great photo journalists. They have no interest in making their subject somebody that they are not. Quite the opposite, they point the viewer to the story behind the person. Take the picture, don’t make it. Most of the images here are selected from my professional portraits, so it is rarely beneficial to show an unhappy person. Still, it is important to show somebody who is comfortable and in control of their environment.