Robert Capa quote
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
A friend of mine suggested I should look at a video of joel Meyerowitz. If you google his website you can find a video of him discussing his techniques for street photography. Interesting.
From Wikipedia I found the following passage, "A form of art in photography is that of portrait photography. A portrait is the rendering of someone’s likeness. A portrait photographer not only wants to capture the true likeness, but also the personality of the individual. The photographer needs to be proficient not only in the workings and setting of the camera, but also needs to understand form and lighting. Great lighting and positioning can make someone appear at their best form if used correctly. Lighting and camera placement can also aid in correcting defects such as shortening a nose, making someone appear slimmer and other visual enhancements."
In the planning stages it is essential to explore what you are hoping to achieve, how you want your guests to feel throughout the party and how you want them to remember it.