What makes something a portrait?
Portraits are everywhere. One finds them not just in museums and galleries, but also in magazines, on stamps and coins, on millions of cell phones and computers.
Portraits are often a message, which the artist or person who commissioned the work wished to relay.
The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image.