The art of the portrait is more than just sitting a person down in front of the camera. It is a conversation between sitter and photographer, with each playing a role in the story telling.
The photographer is the interpreter, moving the story of the sitter through the filter of lens and light, set and mood, to present that story to an audience.
The sitter is a participant in the play. By joining the conversation with the photographer, the sitter’s story can be externalized to the audience.
A photograph never lies… unless the sitter and the photographer choose to.
In this case, what is a lie but a way to tell the truth?