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It might sound cliché but strong photos of your subjects can help your story really hit home for your audience. There are a few easy things to get right if you want to take a good portrait.
The key is a clean simple background, natural light and plenty of shots. If you set your subject up in a familiar space to them that is not too busy and that has natural light, you are far more likely to come out with a good photo.
Take a whole bunch of photos with your subject calm and relaxed. If it is a happy story, allow them to smile or make them laugh. It's good to direct your subject a little bit.
Read more about taking good portraits through NPR Training.