I've always wanted to invest more time to portrait photography but it is very difficult to find willing people to photograph. I was lucky enough to find a photography school in Missoula that offered workshops for beginning photographers or others who are wanting to build their portfolio...(Missoula Photography School).
This workshop was great. They brought in amazing models. I was able to work with them all day long. The advantage of using professional models is that you don't have to worry about posing your subject, You just work on your skills with the camera. The instructor was there to help provide helpful feedback on ways to improve your skills.
My favorite part of the workshop was that it was very affordable. This workshop was a perfect balance of cost and
experience. I highly recommend the Missoula Photography School for anyone looking to build your portrait skill set and portfolio.