Traditionally people get a portrait done at a studio on a either a plain colored or painted backdrop. It’s easy, inexpensive and quick, but boring.  If you want to stand out from the crowd you need a portrait that makes statement, that has some interest in it. In my mind there are two ways to do that. One is to create a tightly cropped portrait of your face with interesting lighting and composition.  The second is to show the unique environment you’re in and create some ambiance and story, Scott Nine just hired me to do to some portraits of hm for his TED talk. Boring or unique?