Choose a comfy location.
One thing that is very important in portrait photography is that the mindset of the subject should always be in the best place every single time and in every single shot. This can be a bit difficult to have to go through with if you are in a location that you aren’t exactly all that comfortable with. Make sure that you go out of your way to be really picky with the location that you and your photographer decide on. If you would like portrait photography to work in your favour, then it would be best if you pick something out that you more or well know like the back of your hand or at least a location that you feel as if you can be at peace with and that you can feel really strongly about when it all comes down to it. It can be in the workplace or at home or if you are feeling particularly brave, in the photographer’s studio. Any place at all can be a suitable place for your portrait photography shoot or session. Your photographer should make it a point to bend over backwards if he can when it comes to giving you everything that you would like to have as well as everything that you are comfortable in having as your photo shoot location.
Practice in front of the mirror.
This is something that you would have to do in private given as doing this in public will make you come off as strange or awkward. Knowing how you look like coming from a third person perspective can really make quite a difference in the overall results of your shots in portrait photography so it is crucial that you do whatever you possibly can to figure out what your best angles are, where and how the light falls on your face, how you should handle distortion, and so on and so forth. There are so many other things that you should take into account when you are practicing in front of the mirror so make sure that you get some time alone and do it whenever you can. This way, you don’t feel awkward whenever you find yourself having to pose in front of a camera because you already know what to do and you already know which angles you look best in.
Eye or non-eye contact.
You can do both things, in different shots, of course. Portrait photography is all about the drama and all about the kind of impact that you are trying to pull off for the photo shoot. This is what you need to check out when you are face to face with the camera. You can either look straight into the camera lens not look at all. Not all portrait shots require you to look at the camera all the time.
Pick a great photographer.
Without a skilled photographer shooting your photos for you, all of that posing and all of those angles that you have been practicing for if you don’t have someone capable enough to deliver the photos for you.