Though many photographers really don’t recommend shooting portraits with a wide angle lens, I have to admit that they’ve become better over the years and that some lenses are so good that any distortion that could mess with a person’s looks can be rendered acceptably.
The folks over at DPReview talk about this a bit in a new video that they created about shooting with the Sigma 24-35mm f2 lens. Rishi, the video’s host, states that wide angle lenses can even give you a perspective that you’d experience normally–and therefore it doesn’t try to hide anything the way that telephoto lenses can when it comes to body shapes.
However, Rishi talks about being attentive to proximity and focal length when shooting. For example, when subjects are too far to an edge, the features of the person can become stretched.