Portrait photography is the capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included. A portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the camera or slightly off-center of the lense.

Unlike many other styles of photography, the subjects of portrait photography are often non-professional models.

Family portraits commemorating special occasions, such as graduations or weddings, may be professionally produced or may be vernacular and are most often intended for private viewing rather than for public exhibition. In commercial portraiture, photos might be used in web site executive biographies, to illustrate a company's annual report, to promotional portraiture for a magazine or business flyers and advertisements.

Portrait photography is a specialized form of photography that requires specific expertise, and specific equipment including a high quality camera (digital preferred) with appropriate lenses for portrature, and sophisticated lighting that is triggered by the camera.

XI Interactive is experienced with portraiture and utilizes only highly-skilled photographers with high quality equipment. For your convenience, we come to your location with our equipment and set up a temporary studio in an available room on-premises (if available), allowing your people a minimal loss of time and disruption from their work schedules. We are often called upon for portrait photography of company executives using this method when we are designing web sites or designing business collateral. Unlike many other photographers who keep the images and charge you for the photograph prints, when we do a photo shoot for you and your organization, the digital images are given to you on a CD/DVD disk for your organization's use after our project is complete. In our mind, this is the way we would want to be treated.