Although today there may be some people that can claim to take your portrait photo with just their cell phone camera, it should be remembered that no cell phone camera can provide a high quality portrait photograph, suitable for a professional portfolio, regardless of who is taking that photo. Portrait photos taken by a cell phone camera may of course be adequate for a family album but as for professional portfolios, they will not be up to scratch. A professional portfolio of portrait photos is often required by actors and models applying for work but they are not the only people, it is sometimes necessary for other to provide portfolios, perhaps those that are interested in a career in public relations or other posts which may require to be seen by the different media.
The quality of the photographs in those portfolios can therefore make the difference between being employed or being unemployed and so quality is everything in these instances. There are usually many portrait photographers to choose from but the best portrait photographer will be the one that has their own studio in which the portraits can be taken. Although other photographers may be good, without the proper equipment and setting, it is very unlikely that they can produce pictures to the same high quality as one that has their own studio. Having their own studio does not just mean that they can control the environment for the shoot but also means that they have experience in using the lights and other equipment in that studio. There are some studios which are available for rent by photographers but even if they are fully equipped, the photographer may not have too much experience in its use, therefore not making the most advantage of it.
A studio owned by a professional photographer though, would have had the equipment bought for it by that photographer and so they will have a good working knowledge of it, even if they are not fully aware of all its potentials. A professional portrait photographer, in their studio, will have suitable backdrops for various portrait photographs and know which particular lighting works best with each. Although every person is different, the photographer will have a wealth of experience in knowing how to have someone pose in order to capture the best impression. A typical portrait photo shoot will take 2 hours and during that time, the subject would have had their photo taken a great number of times, often in different attire. As the cost of the session will probably include 5 shots that have been fully edited, the subject and the photographer will study all the photos and decide which ones to edit. If the subject likes more than just the 5 which will have been included in the cost of the session, at an additional fee, the photographer will often agree to provide more. These professional portrait photos will be the best possible, allowing your better features to be fully visible, making them impressive and worthwhile.