What is the difference between a portrait and a photo?
I love the following image at beautiful Glencoe nestled amongst the Highland's in Scotland. However, it is not a portrait. It is a Selfie taken on my iphone whilst on a tour there this year.
It was simply taken to capture a tour of a place that I loved. It is most definitely a "Selfie".
There is definitely a place in our lives for "just a photo". You know, those silly ones that you have taken when you're out with friends, or a meaningful catch up with one of your closest friends on your "Rooooooaaaddddd ttrrriiiiippppp!" or when you get the chance to work with one of your favourite singers!
You want to have that photo, that image available to you on your iphone wherever you go and whenever you want to show it off to someone in a conversation. However, it should be very obvious when looking at these images what is missing and that is quality. Professional quality.
Whilst I cannot answer for other photographers, at LA Photography a portrait isn't just about professional "quality". It's about the preparation that is needed to bring about that final quality of the image, the print and the product.
At LA Photography your portrait is styled artistically from head to toe. That means the right makeup preparation, outfits and beautiful lighting all to match.
More often than not, when we take a "Selfie" we are more concerned with how we look on camera in that moment. We are not thinking about the shadows and the highlights and what the lighting is doing. We are thinking about us. In a portrait, we bring all of these elements together so that it may tell a story about who you are as an individual and what you want to portray.