If you want to take great pictures of people, you probably can't get a better source of advice than LIFE. The quintessential photographic site rounded up examples of what makes some portraits great. The example for this portrait: don't interfere!
The photographer could have tried to get the kids to straighten up, face forward, smile, and so on, but instead he got a shot of people being themselves -- a great portrait.
Hit up the link below for more examples of how to take great portraits, including mixing up and using the environment as part of the composition and more on letting the personality show through. Got any of your own portrait-taking tips for us? Let's hear them in the comments.