Choosing a Photo for a Commissioned Portrait

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 jennygranberry@gmail.com.

Photos to Avoid

Big Smiles

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.

 A cute photo of my dad and sister, but the yellow toned artificial lighting is also not ideal in this photo.  Some images are best left as photos.

A cute photo of my dad and sister, but the yellow toned artificial lighting is also not ideal in this photo.

Some images are best left as photos.

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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.

 I do love the quirky hats, but the lighting does no favors for my little sis and bro.

I do love the quirky hats, but the lighting does no favors for my little sis and bro.

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Low Quality Photos

I can work around some photography issues, but if the photo quality is too poor it won't be usable

 The resolution of this photo is fine, but her face is totally in shadows and part of it is cropped out of the image

The resolution of this photo is fine, but her face is totally in shadows and part of it is cropped out of the image

 This one is totally pixilated and the face is blown out. Be sure to avoid sending overly edited or filtered photos if at all possible.

This one is totally pixilated and the face is blown out. Be sure to avoid sending overly edited or filtered photos if at all possible.

Here are some nice photos

 Well lit, captures personality, flattering.

Well lit, captures personality, flattering.

 This would make for a great portrait even with the weird dog face. If she were to email me a less creepy picture of her dog I could combine the 2 photos to make one nice portrait. 

This would make for a great portrait even with the weird dog face. If she were to email me a less creepy picture of her dog I could combine the 2 photos to make one nice portrait. 

 An elegant candid. A painting would take this cropped in photo and elevate it to an art piece.

An elegant candid. A painting would take this cropped in photo and elevate it to an art piece.

 Well lit with a soft smile. The partial face on the right wouldn't be in the painting.

Well lit with a soft smile. The partial face on the right wouldn't be in the painting.