A little known trick that I use in my portrait and wedding photography is the "secret moment". It is one of my favorite things and a lot of people miss it. It is the very moment that occurs after an image is taken. That split second after the shutter when your subject thinks the photo has been taken and their guards drops down... what often shows through in that instant is something different and often amazing.
Here is a great portrait of my friends Liz, Joey and Stacey.
And this is the moment right after...
To me, they are both good photos but the second photo captures something that I love... emotion, interaction, and best of all...honesty.