The best portrait photographs are always the ones where the subject looks relaxed and natural, and Miki Jourdan’s photo here does a great job of that. Looking directly into the camera, the woman looks comfortable as she rests her head against the mirror’s frame gracing the viewer with a soft smile, and I, in turn, found myself smiling back at her. For many subjects who are not professional models, it can be tough for them to get into a confident mental state. As the photographer, it is your job to help them with that. One suggestion is to get your subject into position then forget about controlling the pose and just start shooting! Talk to your subject, make them laugh and capture those in-between moments. The results will often be far better than taking photos of a subject in poses that are rigid and static.