What is Portrait Photography?
Portrait photography is the process of capturing portrait photographs or ‘portraits’, specific photographs that are basically photographs of people. A portrait is a picture that showcases the expression, personality and mood of the subject in the most accurate and most elegant manner possible. The focus of almost all portraits is usually the face of the subject, although the both the body of the subject and the background in front of which they are standing are often included in portraits.
In most cases, portraits feature only one subject, the one person who is the absolute center of the entire photograph. However, some kinds of portraits are known to feature more than one person, or rather an entire group of people, their personalities, their setting and their moods. Portrait photography is one half of the couple of the most basic kinds of photographs in existence, with the other half of the couple being a specific kind of photograph referred to as a ‘landscape photograph’.