Portrait photography is another one of those photo categories that takes patience, great lighting and proper composition. We have all had our picture taken at some point in our lives, and 9 times out of 10, we dislike the picture. In some cases, it is due to a terrible background or location and bad lighting. One solution to these problems is to get closer to your subject.
It seems like some photographers while taking portraits identify the location as being more important than the subject they are photographing. I do believe a location and background are very important, but if it’s not available, get closer to your subject and allow them to fill in the image. Before you even hold up your camera, first look at your subject, find the light and position your subject where the lighting is best. Then make an image. Pay attention to shadows and use them to your benefit.