One of our favorite places to take natural light portraits is in our tiny attic because we get beautiful light through the windows. Even though we have two windows in this room, we closed the shade over the one that is in front of me and to my right. By doing this, dark shadows are added to the right side of the face, giving a feeling of softness and a little moodiness.
By simply standing very close to the window, almost all shadow is lost on the face. This is personally my least favorite lighting situation, but it might come in handy depending on what you want from your portrait.
In this next set, you can see how turning the face completely towards the open window lights the entire face, but because I am standing further from the window, the light is not so direct. I like both versions here, one completely lit and the other partially.
In this final photo, you can see how turning the face completely away from the window adds shadows to the entire face.
I hope that these little tips will help you in your own photography journey! If you would like to see more of this series or have questions you would like answered, then just leave a comment and let me know!