The most powerful part of my approach to portraits in general isn’t really visible for at least 5 years but once it is it just gets better and better. This has nothing to do with some process I use or came up with but comes from looking at photos from my childhood and the connection between how they were shot and how I have reacted to them. Over time.
When I look at my childhood photos there are some clear differences in the way I react to them now. Images that were shot in a studio never really do much for me. No disrespect, I shoot studio stuff myself and love doing it but it’s usually my second suggestion.
Images that were shot candidly while I was playing in front of our house, or riding my bike, or wearing a favorite shirt are a whole different story.