In our initial e-mail consultation, JJ said point-blank that she hates posing for pictures. "I feel so awkward," she'd said, "and it shows in photos."

"Challenge accepted," I thought.

As a lifestyle photographer and fellow awkward introvert, I secretly love when people confess that they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. I love embracing my own awkwardness during our session together, finding common interests, building trust, and watching them slowly open up in front of the camera.