One of the tricks of getting a compelling portrait, with a lot of emphasis on the subject is to use a wide aperture lens. You deliberately blur the background so that the subject stands out.
Location: Yousmarg, Kashmir, India
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 1/500 sec, F2.8, ISO 100
Camera: Sony A99
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM