1. I would use traditional portrait lighting with a main light, fill and background light for a traditional portrait. Something similar to a school picture, or headshot.
2. I would use a side light for a dark and dramatic photo. Maybe for a horror or very dark film poster.
3. I would use glamour light for a portrait if I was trying to create a happy and positive picture. Maybe to advertise something that makes one happy or an image for a beauty ad.
4. I’d use wide angle distortion from above in a portrait when I’d want to create a loony and silly image. This technique would make my image that much more funny. It makes the subject look like a caricature.