Asad is an awesome graphics/web designer (website at http://www.asadjaffery.com/ ) that I was able to work with in one of my very first photography project. After browsing through my contact list, I was able to get in touch with him and had a chance to catch up.
Being able to know and mingle with people is one part of photography that i really enjoy. Photography is not just looking through your camera, it also a way to be social person.
Whenever I do portraits, I always think that the only thing stopping a great conversation is the camera. So never neglect your subject, he/she the most important part of your photograph. Stop thinking about the technical aspects of photography and start getting to know your subject. Being able to build a connection with them will give you natural looking portraits.