While searching for photos in a small town, I met 14-year-old McKenzie who was eating ice cream with her dad and younger brother. Dad and I talked about photography and I asked to photograph the family and then McKenzie.
She was tall and lean, naturally lovely without makeup, personable, and comfortably in front of the camera. It was late afternoon on a sunny day and we shot in an alley off Main Street.
I assume some idiot thought we looked suspicious and called police because two large officers ambled down the alley. They were veterans and professional enough to not ask what we were doing because it was obvious. The cops explained their tools of the trade and chatted with the kids. I took pictures of the officers with and without the kids and later sent photos to the cops.
I shot countless photos of the extremely photogenic McKenzie. My favorite is the shot of her sitting on steps in front of an historic building that once was the police department. Strangely, the pose made her look almost half her age.
McK was lit by the setting sun and that’s why her eyes are closed. I used an 18-55mm lens from about six-feet away and my camera was set on P (Program).
An extremely important factor is that I kept the lines straight. Except for certain styles in some genres, photo-psychology dictates that the human mind is more accepting and attracted to symmetrical artwork.