Shoot in a comfortable setting
A portrait photographer should seriously consider shooting in an area or in a kind of setting that the subject is comfortable in. It does not always have to be in a studio, contrary to what the popular notion is when it comes to portrait photography. Although a studio kind of setting will turn out to be the most convenient kind for you to work out as a professional photographer, this may not turn out to be something that some people will be familiar with and this can be a bit of an issue. In order for a portrait shot to be successful, the subjects need to be very comfortable and they need to be well at ease all of the time.
Go out of your way to make the subjects that you are working with feel comfortable.
Talk to them about this. Try to find out what kind of setting they are comfortable with when it all comes down to it. Try to meet the subject halfway as much as possible because this can really turn out to bring the best out of the portrait shots that you manage to take as a professional photographer. Any kind of setting or location is workable for as long as it is what the subjects are comfortable to be photographed in.
The teeth are the most neglected features in the subject’s profile when it comes to portrait photography.
As a portrait photographer, you need to make sure that you get to go out of your way to really get this checked out and fixed digitally. In order for you to really make the portrait shot comes out in the best possible way, you need to work on touching up the teeth of the subject. The teeth are naturally yellowish upon closer look and this can be magnified in a super detailed and crisp portrait shot.
Digitally enhancing the teeth of your subject will really get to make the picture come out looking at least 3x brighter and clearer so try to work this out as much as you possibly can. It is not something that will get to take up too much of your time and it’s not that hard to brush things up either. Even the most basic editing skills will go ahead and allow you to digitally improve the teeth of your subject. Make sure that you get to work this out as much as possible. A little editing magic really can go a long way when it all comes down to it.
Always shoot the portrait shot from the unique perspective of the subject and not from your own perspective.
This is particularly applicable for those instances wherein you are shooting pictures of fairly short subjects such as kids. Make it a point to really crouch down to their level and to maximize every frame of the portrait shot that you are trying to capture them in at the end of the day. Take the time to do this because this will really get to pay out in the quality of the photos that you take.