Gertrude Stein said, "Human beings are interested in two things. They are interested in the reality and interested in telling about it."
Many argue for creating a shined, shimmering, outfitted, concept driven, well-presented image. To show lips and eyes and nice light. I get it. I see the attraction and it has its place, but there are two kinds of photographs that I appreciate- those which depict reality and those that call attention to the reality that the photograph is, in fact, an image.
This can be done really nicely by using natural filters and objects that call the viewer back to the image and away from the subject, especially in portrait work.