I'm excited to be opening up commissions! I wanted to give ya'll a few tips on picking the right photo for your portrait. There are exeptions to all of these rules so don't hesitate to email me a photo and I'll give you my honest feedback on whether or not it would be good for a painting. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos to Avoid
Happy grins are great in photos, but come off strange in paintings. How many famous painted portraits can you think of that have toothy smiles in them? Smiles can be good, but its best to avoid cheesing for the camera sort of pictures.
Unflattering or Strange Lighting
You probably are going to naturally gravitate towards well lit photos because they are the most flattering, but still be aware of how shadows play across the face.
Low Quality Photos
I can work around some photography issues, but if the photo quality is too poor it won't be usable