I have actually never shot in a studio before. Every other portrait I have taken has been either in a makeshift location, or else taken using natural light. And the problem with shooting in homes, offices, and park benches is that don’t allow for tight control over photo. When shooting at home, for example, I have always had to deal with reflections from the walls and ceiling.
So I’ve never before had firm control over contrast, shadow, and tone. So in many ways, today’s shoot was pure pleasure. But once relieved of physical limitations, I realized to what extent I was then required to fill the empty space with my own creativity, imagination, and skill. I still have much to learn.