Since I generally work from the reference visuals I’m supplied with, clear and detailed photographs are critical to the creation of an accurate likeness.
I need at least one photograph of the subject in the desired pose for the final portrait. If this photo needs cropping or composition and color adjustments, just let me know. While I can make changes to existing images and omit unwanted features, it’s difficult to add elements that weren’t originally present.
I also recommend that you provide 2 to 3 supporting photos, which provide additional images. These will give me a better idea of the appearance and the 3-dimensional qualities of your subject. They should be of similar lighting and setting of the subject, yet in different positions and at different facial angles, to provide other views. You may also provide preferred background photography for your subject. Please send along your additional specifications in writing along with your photography.
Whether the photos are taken specifically for the commission or not, at least some of the photographs should contain close-ups of your subject, which show details of features and “the whites of their eyes."
I want your business, but I also want you to be happy with your portrait. If I do not believe that I can produce a quality portrait from your photos, you may be asked to provide additional or alternate photos.
There are 3 ways to provide effective photographs:
• Take new photographs specifically for your portrait
• Have professional photos taken at a studio
• Choose existing photos
Types of Images To Send
Digital images, matte or glossy photos, printed photographs, diskettes, or CDs are all acceptable, although I prefer photos if they are available. If your photographs are one-of-a-kind heirlooms and priceless or irreplaceable, I recommend that you have these scanned and send only the digital images. If you do send photos, have them laminated or provide a plastic sleeve for them. Although I will try to be very careful of your original photographs, I cannot be responsible for their damage or loss.