This is a portrait of my good friend Elena that was taken outdoors in 100% available light. It was probably early afternoon when this was taken. One of the things that I try to communicate to clients when they are being photographed is that the more relaxed and fun you are, the more relaxed and fun your photos are.
Having your picture taken should be fun ( and yes, this is coming from someone who hated having their picture taken as a child because I was hounded by my mother with a camera - and the best of intentions - my entire childhood). Try not to think about the fact that you are having your picture taken and just focus on having a good time!