Paintings are the most ideal medium for Portraiture. They have depth and are tactile. An original piece of art is the ultimate medium to capture a person's unique beauty, traits and quirks. Thoughtfully made art is truly something special to treasure and pass on through generations.
The sentimental and monetary value of hand crafted items is becoming higher as the world moves further and further towards mass production and digitalism, heirloom art is treasured through all generations of a family.
A camera only sees light reflecting from a surface. A camera, while highly accurate is still a machine, without thought, a copier of sorts. An artist on the other hand, sees the person.
For around the same amount of money as hiring a good professional photographer, you could have an amazing and distinctive piece of hand crafted art
Things to consider:
Experience and Skill of the portrait artist.
Monetary value, both now and into the future. Art is an investment
Quality. Artists use pigments and materials known to stand the test of time, outliving countless generations.
Trained artistic eye with a sense for soul and things beneath face value.
A human connection. Artists are usually highly empathetic. They understand why YOU would want this and use your feelings toward the subject to produce their result. This ends up a part of the final painting.