I remember the question from one of my photography instructors: “why did you make this photo?” His contention was that if a viewer asked that question I may not have captured what I felt, or saw, otherwise the question would have been unnecessary. My instructor suggested asking that question before I had the camera to my face.
My current effort is to get good at portraiture. Portraiture is difficult for me because I’m quite shy; I don’t want to impose. It’s a matter of confidence, I suppose. When I do push myself the results are often more satisfying than other genre.
For the record: I know exactly why I made this photo; it is one of my favorites.