Commissioning a portrait is usually a new experience for my clients so to answer some of your questions I’ve outlined the process below:
Start by getting in touch with any questions, or if you need a quote. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll then have a chat by phone or email about exactly how you want your portrait to appear in terms of size, style, background and so on. Have a look through the gallery and let me know if any particular portraits are in a style that you like.
Take some photos to give me a good image of the subject, and so that we can choose one key image amongst them for me to work from. I’ll need a picture taken on a digital camera (not a phone camera) that’s nice and close up and clear. When you have some images that you think may be suitable email them over and we can have a discussion about which might work best.
When we’ve decided which key photo I’ll be copying from, I’ll begin the portrait. When I feel that the portrait might be finished, I’ll make a scan of it and email this over for you to have a look. At this point you can let me know how you find the likeness, and if there’s anything you’d like me to alter. I’ll make any adjustments (and send you more scans to check) and when you’re completely happy you can make the payment and I’ll send your portrait straight out to you.
Once you’ve approved your portrait I’ll send over an invoice. Once paid I’ll arrange delivery, if you’re in the UK I usually use Royal Mail’s Next Day Special Delivery courier service, which I have always found completely reliable. This is a fully tracked and signed for service so I will let you know your tracking number and when to expect delivery.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a portrait please contact me.