When you're trying to take a picture, you do a bunch of stuff. You wait for things to change, you move around, you direct the model, and on and on. Eventually, if you're lucky, the picture happens and hopefully it's one of the ones you actually shot.
Here is the single most important distinction in photography. It's subtle, so pay attention:
The stuff in front of the camera can be revealed as a specific picture.
The stuff in front of the camera can be revealed as itself.
What you actually want is the second one. This is a little vague, it's unclear what any of it means. That's how it goes. Make sense out of my words in your own way, and think it over. Disagree, agree, it doesn't matter, you're going to be a better photographer 10 minutes from now from thinking it through and forming an opinion.
Read basically anything written by any photographers of any note and this is what they're trying to tell you. From Emerson to Tuck, at least, and I can pull a half dozen names you'd recognize in between in a couple of minutes, with quotes to back it up in.. um, well, that could take some time. Getting quotes is tedious.
But trust me!