I always love to find personal sites that reference a photo of the person. It gives visitors a better look into who they are. Some creatives may be uncomfortable with this while others simply adore the spotlight. Either way, it is a wonderful design idea for Internet-based portfolios.
If you also like this idea, take a look at these awesome websites. Each one features an individual who does some form of creative work, be it design, music, writing, or otherwise. I hope these layouts can provoke other ideas in designers who may want to utilize this same feature. A fullscreen background or even a small photo can bring out more of your character on the page.