There are different types of portraits — casual, formal, head shots, full length, etc. This one is a casual type. It has a very natural feel to it. She looks like she just sat on the couch, pulled her feet up and got comfortable.
When I do a portrait I try to create a mood. I want to enhance the personality of the subject. Joanna is a warm, sensitive person. The background color reflects that. I have also tried to show reflected colors on her white sweater. She doesn’t look posed. Her expression is as though she is thinking pleasant thoughts.