I was recently commissioned to do a portrait of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Regardless of the subject matter or assignment, I try to approach people with honesty and transparency in my intentions.   I need people to be real in front of the camera, which is not always an easy thing to do.  It helps to be calm, and it was a very quiet session.  It also helps to go out on a limb and be yourself, without pretense or defenses, or some version that seems tailored to the situation.  Just be.  If you’re lucky, people will return the favor.  Which I think he did.