Why Do You Need A Photographic Portrait?

 “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”       Richard Avedon

Now you have always wanted to have a photographic portrait but were never quite confident about the reason. You have always wondered why would you go for a photographic portrait and why would not a snap in your friendly Nikon camera be enough? Well here are some thoughts for you to ponder…

Portrait photography is an art that captures the true expression of a person to reflect his individuality. In a lay man’s words, a photographic portrait is a superior quality picture of a person that not only focuses on capturing his physical presence but also captures that special expression which tells a lot about him as a person.

While usually clicking pictures we tell our subjects, to ‘say cheese’ and focus on getting that smile which would qualify that picture to be a happy one. This cannot be done when you are doing portrait photography for in portrait photography you need to have an expert eye to capture the real persona of the individual and frame it for immortality. A good portrait photographer needs to be a great judge of human character. He needs to put his subject at ease and bring out his true self.  At the same time he/she should have a rare intuitiveness to decipher the real persona of a person. Finally he/she should have the skill to click the button at the right time and get the desired result.

Now all these skills are not achieved by a professional photographer in a single day- rather they are created after years of practice that helps one to develop an eye for details. So naturally a photographic portrait by a professional photographer would manage to capture that special aspect in you which might even be unknown to you; at the least it would bring out the real you and frame you for immortality.

In my next blog I would discuss further how a portrait photographer manages to capture that rare mood which reflects the persona of an individual – but here I would like to rest my case by saying that a good portrait photograph is worth every penny spent for it manages to bring before you your true self that might have remained unknown unless you had opted for portrait photography.

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