What makes a great portrait? Is it the light on the subject? The composition? The pose or expression? Or what about the connection from the subject to the viewer? Well, the answer isn’t simple, it’s all of those things and much more. And one of the most important but often overlooked aspects of portraiture is probably the connection between the photographer and the subject. How you go about engaging with your subject is one of those things that will make or break a photoshoot.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re photographing a model, a builder on a construction site, or your 3-year-old, you still have to interact with the subject in some manner in order to get the best out of them. In this video photographer, Daniel Norton addresses this and has some helpful tips for connecting better with your subjects.