Joe’s Version: OK, I’ll confess, if you give me a doorway I’ll use it as a prop. Doorways give subjects something to do with their hands as well as—I think anyway because it’s my obsession—provide a natural frame around the subject and add interest to the portrait.
The image at left was captured with a Canon EOS 50D with 85mm f/1.8 lens. I often shoot a sequence of images—and you should too—not just one and hope for the best. Each pose in a sequence is slightly different while I refine the pose a little at a time, rather than making radical changes. Unless nothing works and then I just start all over again.
Mary’s version: The subject was standing in front of that same doorway which is 180 degree from where I made my shot (top) to get a completely different portrait of the same model at that same location but from a different direction. The matching scarf that the model somewhat hides in my portrait becomes a major prop for Mary who made this image using Olympus E-1 and Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens. An Olympus FL 50R speedlight was use as fill.