A good rule of thumb in portraiture is to keep the center of the lens on the same plane as the subject’s eyes. Naturally, there are exceptions to this approach especially if the subject needs some neck camouflage.
For the times in which I don’t have a 6′ tripod or a step ladder when out on location, I’ll improvise. By the way, that’s every time I’m on location.
The great equalizer of height is the staircase. A short subject can stand on the step. When there’s a tall subject, I’ll stand on the step.
Sometimes a staircase can be a visual element that adds a certain flair to an already compelling subject.
In this session from Orlando a few winters ago, I was treated to all of that and more.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.