A couple of months ago, I did a family photoshoot for a friend. I was really nervous about taking this job because most of my subjects are still or on the stage. Getting the children to come together was my biggest challenge but I got creative and had the kids singing the word “cheese” as I photographed them. I even got the grown-ups to sing-a-long. The photo above is my favorite of the shoot because no matter how hard I tried, this young man only smiled for me once all evening. His sister tried her best to comfort him but there was no smiling. His tears and her comfort bring beauty to this photo. Special thanks to his parents and family for letting me use this photo.