Make an effort and connect with your subject. The more comfortable they feel, the better the portrait is likely to come out. That could mean familiarizing yourself with what the subject is passionate about and then using it as a conversation starter. Another way to help them relax is by playing their favorite music playing. Make a point of talking to them beforehand and ask them about other details, such as their favorite article of clothing or color, preferable pose, and the purpose behind the portrait they have commissioned. Incorporating these elements or some of them within the shoot will go a long way in making them feel satisfied with the results.
For the best portraits, some of the following advice might come in handy. Remember that it won’t work every time but can be used as a guideline. The aperture setting for most portraits should be between f/2.8-5.6. With this setting, the background will be slightly blurred due to a shallow depth of field while the subject will stand out better. Next, we move on to setting the right shutter speed for the portrait you will be shooting. Try to visualize that the focal length of the lens will also need to be factored in the decision or you will end up with a blurry picture. A good idea is to ensure that the focal length is lower than your shutter speed.
When shooting portraits, it is always a good idea to switch your camera into a continuous shooting mode. Instead of one picture, you will then end up with a series of images. This technique comes in handy when your subject is active within the picture or you are photographing kids. Once you are done, you can present the combination to the client, instead of just one static image.