A quiet, cloudy day gave way to this photo a few days ago. I saw a stream of beautiful light coming in through the window and decided to play with it. Although I do take photos with studio lights sometimes, I prefer natural light more. My black and white photography tends to lean toward natural light more than a studio set-up.
I find that when I am taking black and white portraits of children, they tend to be less intimidated when not in presence of artificial lighting equipment. The more comfortable the kids, the more focused I am reading into their personalities. After all, once you have a good handle on your camera and understand light, what is really left is your skill of intuitive awareness of human behavior that really matters in portrait photography. It’s a life long practice that requires constant, deliberate mindfulness.