For digital photos, the image should be in .jpg format and at least
300 dpi. Please use a resolution of 1280 x 1024 or higher if possible.
Try to use at least a 400 mega-pixel camera or higher. Send the original
photo without cropping or altering as this also lowers the quality of
Minimum head size should be 2.5 inches, measured from top of head to
bottom of chin.
Posed shots with huge smiles can often look unnatural. Try to use casual, candid shots which will result in a more intimate and interesting portrait.
Don't use the flash! The flash eliminates shadows that help add depth
and interest. Side lighting is best. But as long as photo is not too light
or washed out and the subject is properly lighted; no dark shadows that
hide the subject.
For children and pets, try to get down to their level to take the photo.
Please send several photos of each subject if you can. If possible,
take a few close-up shots of the face as well in the same pose to capture
the smaller details. If a background or special item is to be included
in the portrait, please include details shots as well. A brief bio of
the subject is also very helpful if I can not meet them in person to help
capture their personality and mannerisms.
Group portraits can be created from separate photos. It is best to send
several images and preferably an image with all subjects in one photo
so I can best judge the size relationship of each subject. I would then
create a mock up for you to see and we would work together until we are
happy with the layout prior to starting the actual portrait.
Some tips for photo selection are below:
The clarity of the photo you chose makes a significant difference
in the final artwork.
Professional photos are always the best choice as they usually have a nice balance of lights and darks which makes for
more interesting photos.
Choose a photo that highlights the unique character of the subject
and that just makes you feel good.
If you are unsure, send me several photos and we can decide together which photo(s) will work the
If you do not have access to a scanner and/or computer, Kinkos
offers services for scanning and emailing your photos.