Not every location is gorgeous; not every location even offers a good background for portraits; in fact, more often than not, location photographers have to work hard to make something out of nothing. I recently found myself in that situation while shooting portraits for a financial client in lower Manhattan. The first challenge was only being allowed to shoot in a small corner of the office lobby; it was very limited. But with a little ingenuity and by moving some furniture, I was able to find an angle that used the space outside of my restricted area. I was able to stay where they wanted me to, but by using the lobby itself as the background I could get the look I wanted without taking up too much room. Yes, it was tight quarters for shooting, but in the end, the final shot is all that matters.