There’s one type of shot in photography that’s rarely discussed in terms of portraiture. It’s a method of shooting that’s ubiquitous in film and television production. It’s the over-the-shoulder shot.
The over-the-shoulder shot adds life to portraits. When you take a head shot of one person, you get very little in terms of the relationship of that person to other human beings. When you add a subject to the foreground of your shot, you get all of the facial expressions in your main subject that come when one person interacts with another.
I have to say that the over-the-shoulder shot is one of my favorite ways of composing a portrait.by