Portrait technique

A simple and effective technique for "focusing" attention on a portrait subject (pun intended, LOL) is to frame the person in some natural way, either with other people, plants, furniture, etc.   I like this little trick and use it often in what I call "orchestrated candids", where I set up a situation so my subject is comfortable and let them interact with others while I'm off a ways shooting with a 200mm f2.8 lens.  This works great in natural light or when using a constant light source as strobes become too obvious.  One catch, be prepared to shoot a lot of frames as the delete rate is high due to odd expressions and closed eyes.

 One of an "orchestrated candid" portrait series shot for a Wall Street client

One of an "orchestrated candid" portrait series shot for a Wall Street client