I’m just kidding, portrait photography will always rock!
However, if you wanted a portrait for a gift and were looking for something a bit different (but not as scary as a commissioned original portrait painting from an artist of your choice), then think 3D!
This is my friend Rachel. She had this portrait made for her Grandma who lives too far away to visit often. It’s a brilliant idea. The company she used mostly do corporate events (also a great idea – what a lovely team building exercise – to get a set of mini-models for the office or as prizes) but they do personal portraits too. Apparently, the shoot is as fast as a normal shoot as you stand in the middle of a ring of cameras and they all fire at once. You get to approve it before they ‘print’ and are allowed a couple of tries.
They’ve been around for a while. My3Dtwin (http://my3dtwin.com/) started back in summer 2011, then there appears to have been a publicity campaign in October 2013 with even Asda offering the service (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/the-ultimate-self-portrait-asda-to-launch-3d-mini-me-printing-service-8871790.html). And this is a good article from the Guardian (also Oct’13 http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/oct/23/3d-mini-me-statues-models-printing). During this research, I found they’re quite popular for wedding cake toppers too – how perfect is that? Price and quality varies but with 3D printing technology improving all the time, I hope they’ll be the photobooth of the future. I’d have one!