Getting a Smile

When photographing people, I love the interchange between the subject and the photographer. Most timesĀ I need an interpreter to start a conversation. But once the conversation is started, non-verbal cues can build a rapport.

Karen tribal woman, smile
Karen tribal woman

This woman, a member of the Karen tribe, a refugee from Burma, let her hair down. When I complemented her on her beautiful hair, I was rewarded with this beautiful smile.

This is how she looked before we connected on a personal level.

Karen tribal woman, refugee,
Karen tribal woman