Recently I had a discussion with a colleague about 'Portrait Art" during the judging phase of a Photography competition. The topic revolved around the image's impact and the emotion the piece brings to the viewer. For a photographic piece to rate highly in competition, it helps to have the judges emotionally affected. There are many facets to this equation which include lighting, composition, and even the title.
As a photographer/artist, I want all my images to be A+, award-winning, stellar treasures for someone's wall. However, the question I always ask is, "what is the final goal?" What is the images' intent? Should it show the passion of your father's hobby?
Perhaps the dedication of a dancer stretching will move you.
An actor may want a head shot that is strong yet casual. It could be the love of a grandfather for his grandchild.
The truth is the image you need may not win technical awards and that is okay. A silly picture of my family will mean more to me and less to a judge.
So what can you take from my discussion?