I’ve recently begun trying to challenge myself in both portraiture and candid photography. It is an area I’ve always shied away from, partly from fear of reprisal from an unwitting subject, partly from wanting to respect the rights of those that may not wish to be photographed, but mostly because I didn’t feel I was all that good at it.
All that said, I took the opportunity of a recent theatrical venture I was involved in to work on my skills off-stage, off-site, and at the generally off the wall cast party.
I like the photos in your gallery; your subjects seem very comfortable with you and I think that makes a huge difference. I especially like the ones of the girls group singing, nice captures there.
I wish I had some hints and tips to share but, like you, have kind of stayed away from the genre. I do find borrowing a kid helps. My niece and nephew will pose for me sparingly and one of my best friends just had a baby so I get to practice there.
Just keep getting out there and trying. IMO what you’ve presented in your gallery is a great start.