Portrait Photography can often be rigid
and lifeless. I see far too many portraits that look plastic and
forced. Personally I like to have the subject very relaxed and content
with themselves. To achieve this I like to photograph people in
their natural environments or in the outdoors. If a person is relaxed
while being photographed, they are more likely to reveal their true
nature. As a result the portrait is much more genuine and satisfying.
Photographing a portrait should also take
time. I Usually find that it takes a few poses and settings before
a nonprofessional model will be truly comfortable with themselves
in front of a camera. Often the best shots on a roll of film are
at the end. I don't place time as a deciding factor when it comes
to taking a proper portrait photograph of someone.