Gregory Porter stands for a portrait at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 6, 2012.

I'm struggling with this sentence. What does 'stand for a portrait' mean?


As this is about images, I thought illustration would be an excellent method of explanation.

Here is someone who is photographed when they stand for a portrait:


By comparison, here is someone who is photographed when they sit for an artist:

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So: the person is in the standing posture in an artists studio while having their portrait painted. It can also apply to having a photographic portrait made in a studio*.

*I'm having trouble explaining in any more detail the language elements here...

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    +1 You're having no trouble at all; this is admirably clear. Sep 27 '15 at 11:32

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