texkam wrote in post #18381330
With experience, you'll learn to gently manage and direct clients. After shooting the requested location you find a way to suggest ..... "Hey, let's say we now try moving over here for a few shots." Gently and confidently take charge and get the better shot.
..... "Wow, I like what you did so much better."
Been in similar situations, still get in those situations, where they want what they want. You do it real quick, it's what they want, then you draw their attention to something else and get the good stuff. Win-win.
As for the image:
Regardless of the background, the light is every where, hard light, shade, all in the same FOV. Very distracting. Hard shadows. Full sun blanches color.
Background has no purpose in this image. Brick wall and a rock. It doesn't add anything. The rock is just distracting if anything. It could have been used maybe, but it doesn't become part of the composition the way it is here.
Composition is everything. I suggest you pick up some material about composition for portraiture.
You have eyes and hands. That's good.
If you're not confident about what aperture to use, or why that matters, I also suggest you do a little reading on depth of field and distance to subject and subject distance to background so that you can control where focus lands and what things are in focus or out of focus. There's nothing wrong with a full depth of field portrait, but you have to pay attention to the environment and if the environment is actually a part of it in a positive way.