A portrait taken in Hunza, Northern Pakistan. Nov 2018.
I am just an amateur photographer, but I think I have a tip to taking better portraits.
People have a lot of emotions that are exposed on the face. If you want a photo of someone at their most natural and relaxed state, they must trust you. It really makes all the differences in the world to sit and chat with your subject before asking for a photo.
Let them get to know you first. Impress them with a few local phrases. With you own body language, show that you are relaxed, open and have nothing to hide. Start chatting. Ask them about themselves. Ask them about what they are the most proud of. Ask them about their families. Tell them they look beautiful. Tell them their shop/ children/ village is beautiful. Make them feel proud. Tell them why you want to take their photo. All this could be done with a few local phrases and body language. When they are ready, take that shot.
Don't forget to ask, "Facebook? Instagram? No problem?"
How I planned this photo: This shop owner has beautiful blue eyes and strong features. I wanted a photo of him looking very proud. So I took a moment asking about his shop and complimenting him. I told him he has beautiful eyes that matched his jacket, and that I'd like to take his photo. I asked if he'd like to sit there. I planned to have the orange dress in the background complimenting the blue.
I'm still not good at processing RAW photos yet. So this is the result, processed with Photoshop's Camera Raw. If you have any critiques and tips please let me know. Thanks!