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Black and White traditional portraits are making come back. At least I see this in my studio. The reason for this is quiet simple, public is getting bored of white background photos, yes they are nice, but the problem is that everything is photographed on white background these days, school photos, family photos and all rest of it.
In my studio increasing popularity is gaining black and white timeless portraits now. They are very simple and I would always do couple of these even if I would photograph mainly on the white. 90% of my clients would pick black and white portrait for their wall over the the high key white background portrait. I think traditional posed images will slowly start to come back and take over white background images eventually. I have even noticed that painted portraits are slowly emerging too. Not so much here in UK, but definitely in states.