It's important that we have a good quality photograph to work from to create your portrait .
For many of our art styles a head shot taken indoors against a plain wall is most preferable. Photos taken outside in the sunlight can create shots with very strong shadows which sometimes can cause problems. If you do want to take a photo outside try to have the light source in front of the subject.
Examples of good portrait photographs
When taking head shots of your subject, hold the camera at eye level or slightly above. For body shots try to position the camera at shoulder height.
Some of the best portrait photographs are where the subjects are looking completely comfortable as if they are not looking at the camera. When people try to smile or make a certain kind of face or pose for the camera it usually doesn't seem very genuine. The trick is to capture the subject(s) when they aren't necessarily focused on the camera.
Try to avoid blurry photos - Make sure that the photograph is in focus with the face and in particular the eyes are sharp; Some camera actually have a portrait mode on them.
You can achieve great results with both film and digital cameras, but if you are using a digital camera, try to set the image resolution the the maximum possible (see your manual on how to do this).
We prefer to use digital files due to the speed of the process, but we can scan your physical photographs. We can accepts photographs of up to A4 size.
Above is an example of poor lighting which can be unsuitable for the pop art style. (email photo if you are unsure)
When sending photos in the post please send them between card to ensure they wont be damaged in the post; send a S.A.E or alternatively we can send it back safely with along with your artwork.
Please note we cannot accept any responsibility if any photos get damaged or are lost in the post.