Some photographers stick to studio portraits of families dressed in suits and ties, smiling stiffly in front of a boring backdrop. Some mix it up a bit, but stay safely in the studio. Others, like Katie West, venture out into the real world, photographing real people who are about as far from the suits in the studio as you can get. Me, I find that a lot more interesting. This photo looks like Elana, the "model," just leaned down into the view of the camera and had her picture captured--no carefully symmetrical pose, but something infinitely more interesting. It's a way of seeing, and something I aspire to emulate.
Speaking of unconventional, heres another one--a most bold and unusual self-portrait.