The camera loves her
I really believe that some images are meant to be B&W, some sepia, some vibrant in color and some subdued. It really depends on what makes the image “speak to you”.
I have recently been asked if I mean to “chop off the heads” of children in their photographs. The answer is, “yes”. This brings the focus to their eyes, which are far more interesting than the top of a head. I have never really seen a top of a head that is very interesting. So, that’s what it is about, part of contemporary photography. I understand that some have a preference and I try to do a nice mix.
I also like to use some “negative space”. This might me a solid background or some interesting objects behind the subject. The eye “looks” for symmetry first and when it finds it, it gets boring. So below, notice how Hailey is not perfectly centered. I am also purposely doing this, as the composition is a large part of what “makes” a portrait. It’s much more than a good camera, prop or a cute outfit. 🙂