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This photo breaks a few of the \"rules\" of photographing children. One of them is that you should always get down to their eye level for a more personal shot, but in this photo I wanted to accent how timid and overwhelmed this boy was feeling. I was also using a very wide angle lens (20mm). This is generally not recommended for portraits, but I've found that it can help connect the viewer with the subject. You feel like you're physically closer to the person because I actually took the photo closer than I would have with a telephoto. In fact, when I look at a lot of my favorite photos of people, many of them were taken with a very wide angle lens at a distance you might actually stand from the person.