In April 1851, Charles Darwin wrote “I am so thankful for the daguerreotype”. He was sharing the unthinkable news of the death of Annie, his beloved nine-year-old daughter, with his wife Emma. A daguerreotype was the first publicly available photographic process. Though the processes have changed radically since, the relevance of portrait photography hasn't diminished.
A portrait is one of the rare things in life that increases in value over time. From the few hundred pounds you might spend, to someday absolutely priceless.
People often challenge me to explain why, in this day and age, they should have a professional portrait made of themselves. Seems it’s a 'no-brainer' when it comes to their kids, their dog, their horse, and their parents. But sadly, few see the value in themselves.
My response is simple. One day that printed portrait will mean the earth to a loved one. If not for yourself, then for your loved ones, leave a light.