A Portrait is Worth a Thousand Words

December 29, 2022

A Portrait is Worth a Thousand Words

A portrait is a visual representation of the essence of another person. It is a way for us to see a person that we have never been fortunate enough to see. Our perspective of their world, what they are like and how they look at us so vividly affects the way we feel about them.

As a photographer in Fayetteville, NC I let everyone know "A picture is worth a thousand words". Therefore, if you are going to have a portrait of someone you love, it makes sense to have the person in front of you photograph. A portrait will bring back fond memories of your loved one, as well as bring you peace knowing that they are still living their life right now, looking out at you with their eyes and smiling at you with their lips.

The first step when taking someone’s portrait is asking them if they would mind having their photo taken. Many people will be hesitant because they don’t want anyone else in the picture. However, photography is not something that just anyone can do. If they don’t want to be shown in the picture, chances are good that it won’t end well.

There are many reasons why we may not be comfortable in our own skin: medications; depression; being overweight; chronic medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure; any number of physical issues; or even simple things like shyness or anxiety that prevent us from participating fully in everyday activities.

A good photographer will understand these situations and give you advice on how best to work around them. This can be invaluable information when deciding whether to pose for your photography session.

Don’t let photographs scare you away from this art form because it truly does help us connect with others through pictures. You can always ask a photographer for more information on how he/she takes his/her photos once the session has begun so that there isn’t any confusion as well as being comfortable with your subject before going into action.

You might be afraid to ask someone who has had their photo taken before if they think it would be awkward if someone else were present while taking the picture but this fear should fade once you know what the photographer expects from your session, which includes only positive feedback and no criticism whatsoever.

What is a portrait?

A portrait is a photograph made of an individual, whether real or imagined. The word "portrait" is derived from the Latin word portare, meaning to carry. Portrait-making is an art, not a science. It involves the creation of an image that expresses the personality and character of its subject. The photographer takes a series of photographs, distills them into one photograph, and prints it on photographic paper or on film. The finished portrait can be as large as life size or as small as a postcard.

A picture tells more than just words in framing a person's image. The artist's choice of color, pose, pose and pose, and makeup can all make a difference in creating an accurate likeness of the subject. Many artists have a special technique for making their paintings look like photographs. This technique involves using light to create shadows and highlights in the picture which is known as "photorealism" or "photography realism." A well-known photographer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City who creates portraits for billionaires and heads of state has said that she doesn't paint people with patterns or history but rather with light spots on their skin.

Why should you have portraits of your loved ones?

I’m not sure there are any “rules” for having portraits of your loved ones. Surely, you have a picture of your loved one on your phone or in a scrapbook or in a frame or perhaps even hanging in the corner of the room. This is all fine and good, but why should they be hanging on the wall like an actual family portrait? Why should someone spend so much money to be immortalized in this way?

I think it’s important to have a portrait of your loved ones because — well, why not? You can look at them whenever you want. You can go back and forth between their face and their body parts. You can pretend to be intimate with them just by glancing at them. And if you don’t find yourself with enough time — you can check out some hilarious impersonations!

I think it is also important that portraits are done in an appropriate way because they help us as individuals remember who we thought we were when we were younger: our parents, our brothers, our sisters and friends; people who love us and accepted us; people who will always be there for us no matter how things happen.

So I say that portraits are important because they remind us who we are as humans, who we really are: human beings with feelings and thoughts, who want to love and be loved in return; human beings who will come up against obstacles (and sometimes even defeat them) so that they could achieve their own goals; human beings protected from harm by laws designed to protect us from harm; humans capable of being happy or sad depending on what happens around them.

4. What makes a good portrait?

Portrait photography is the art of capturing a person who is looking at you. In some cases, this can be difficult to do because of their facial expressions and body language. Whereas, in other cases it is easy because people are more comfortable with being photographed that way than by just standing still.

In addition to the fact that people tend to look more comfortable in front of a camera than they do without one, portraits are often told as a story about the person’s personality traits, origins, and life experiences.

A portrait can also be seen as a way of creating history. It can be used as evidence that a person lived an extraordinary life or was famous in some capacity. It can also act as an inspiration for future generations to emulate how very special someone was or how they were able to lead such an extraordinary life despite their circumstances. Through their portraits, someone’s stories are told and the world understands how unique they were given their circumstances.

A few things should be taken into consideration when making portraits:

  1. There shouldn't be any pressure on the subject to smile or laugh; it is assumed that they will not do so even in thought. If you're successful asking them to smile or laugh, it might be unnatural for them and may not show on your images correctly since your subject could be too tired or overwhelmed by your request to react like this rather than being natural and relaxed about it (this has happened).
  2. Make sure you have captured full expressions from their face so that your portrait isn't only about their eyes; it's about everything from eyebrows down (which you know what I'm talking about). The more diverse the expression you capture from their face the better your portrait will look! When I shoot portraits or headshots, I try to go for laughter and catch that smile.
  3. Portraits should look great on any medium – digital cameras, laptops or tablets are all fine choices but if you want something more special try printing them out (it looks much better!) and framing them on canvas or wood boards put together with wooden dowel rods – this way the image will have extra depth because there is something tangible between us

How to choose a photographer for your portrait?

A portrait is a representation of an individual. It’s not just a bunch of data points that are put together to form an image of someone. A portrait is, first and foremost, a physical representation that can be seen by the viewer.

When choosing your photographer, you should consider the following:

  1. Your budget
  2. Your personality
  3. Your location
  4. The sort of image you want to create (e.g., portrait, wedding, celebrity etc.)
  5. The quality of your images (color and clarity)

Tips for getting the perfect portrait.

The French philosopher and poet, Paul Valery wrote that:

"to be a great poet one must be a good photographer, for the [poet] is a great photographer

Among many, photographers are often seen as the third person in the audience. This is not only true for those who specialize in portraiture but also for those who love to photograph people. 

Photography allows you to get into the mind of your subjects; to see them in a new way. You may have no idea what you're seeing when looking at someone's face, but with a camera lens you can see it all. With portraits you can show how they feel through their eyes and how they look with their clothes on or off.

Portraits are more than just images; they are reflections of ourselves and allow us to express ourselves more easily with words.

A portrait is a cherished memory that lasts a lifetime.

In the past year, a lot of people have asked me about why I like portrait photography. I’d like to share with you my reasons for thinking that portraits are such a beautiful thing. I hope to do so in the form of this blog post.

Portraits are:

  1. A representation of someone you love.
  2. A way to say "I love you".
  3. A reminder that life is short and to enjoy it while we can!

There is something very special about portraits as a medium of expression, especially considering that they're usually taken by a professional photographer who knows exactly how they want to portray their subject, and when they want to take it. Often times, this means that the subject doesn't even know that the photograph is being taken; they're just there as an object for the photographer's eye, in all their glory (or lack thereof).

Interested? If your in the Fayetteville area, Let's talk about it! Shoot me an email at d2lifephotography@gmail.com and let's get talking about it!


- Darin


Professional photographers in the Fayetteville, NC area specializing in Headshots, Portraits, Real Estate, Art, Black and White, Social Media and photo editing.

Serving the following areas in North Carolina: Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Spring Lake, Sanford, Hope Mills, Raeford, Lillington, Lumberton, Dunn, Southern Pines, Sanford, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina, Laurinburg, Eastover, Vander, Anderson Creek, Wilmington, NC - and all points in between.