The deadline for my portrait photography assignment is looming and I’m woefully short of photographs to submit for critique. My resident models seem reluctant to play along despite my best efforts for them to look at me and smile nicely to the camera. Instead I have a succession of shots with people pulling silly faces or laughing so hard they can’t stay still. I know a photographer should be able to engage with their models and create the reaction that you want. But knowing it and doing it are two very different things.