The Difference Between a Picture & a Portrait

As you read the title you maybe wondering: “Isn’t a picture and a portrait the same thing?” Well… in a manner of speaking yes. They are both photographs, pictures so to speak, they both come out of a camera and people take them.

A picture though, is taken by anybody, everybody, young, old, amateur, hobbyist, traveler and with a point and shoot camera or the fanciest camera out there. After all most amateurs/”soccer moms” think the biggest, brightest, shiniest, most expensive camera  out there will get them that amazing photo. Also, pictures are printed at your local photo printer, i.e. Wal-Mart, Walgreens, snapfish, etc. Pictures are seen for a moment and just left to sit on social media waiting to be seen again if ever. I know I have some on my page that I haven’t seen in at least a couple years.

A portrait, however, is taken by professionals. People who have the experience and training to back them up. We take the time to meet with you and get to know you a bit before your portrait session. We go to locations of your choice or come up with an in studio solution for your portraits, if you want studio style. We give you tips for clothing, time of day, and we always aim to provide you with excellent service and great portrait printed products, canvas or fine art albums. Portraits are printed at a professional photo lab, on calibrated equipment and high quality paper. Portraits are hung on your walls in your home, office, etc. and seen for a lifetime.

As you can see from the examples below, there is a huge difference between a picture and a portrait!

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