2. Find the right location
The location you choose for the portrait shoot is going to be a significant influence on the final results. Shooting outdoors in natural light gives the best results but poses many challenges. You would need to plan according to the weather, time of the day, and changing lighting and environment conditions as the day progresses.
Avoid shooting in direct sunlight as it produces harsh shadows and can make your subject to squint. Choose mornings or late afternoons when the sunlight gets diffused, and you get a lovely, warm, natural glow.
You can exercise much more control if you are shooting indoors. You need to plan your lighting arrangements properly to complement the mood of the shoot, model’s clothes, and backdrops.
Getting the location right can save you a lot of trouble of fixing images in post-processing.
3. Getting the pose right
Figuring out the right portrait photography poses for your subject that portrays them in the most flattering way is always a new journey.
Getting your subject to pose in a way that complements them while keeping in mind the lighting, camera angle, and background is always an exciting puzzle. Try out various combinations of poses and angles to find the best options for your shoot.
After you have found the right pose for your subject, you can always make subtle changes to make every shot perfect.
Tip: Keep a gallery of creative portrait photography shots on your mobile phone. Keep adding benchmark photos to this gallery. It would help you big time in figuring out various options that can work in the shoot right there and then. Showing a visual example to the client would also help communicate better to them.