Here’s me during a shoot last week:
And here’s part of my lunch, the day before:
And my model the other day:
What do all these have in common? They were shot in (or rather, converted to) black and white. And they work: black and white often works very well.
So my suggestion is that if you have not recently done this, shoot some black and white today. Shoot them in colour as RAW images, but convert to B/W after you shoot. And see what works, and what does not.