Photo Quality Guide

 Not sure if your photos are clear enough to submit for a custom portrait? Take a look at these tips below for the perfect reference photo!


A QUICK SIDE NOTE: Not everyone has the opportunity to retake photos. Sometimes your custom portrait is of a loved one or furry friend that is no longer with us, or maybe you want a house portrait of your childhood home but have since moved away. That is OK, I will work with whatever photos you have and can usually make edits to create a beautiful portrait for you regardless. These tips are for those who have the option to retake some photos or have multiple to share. If you have any questions or still feel unsure of your photo quality, please contact me and we can sort it out!

If you are here, it means you are considering ordering a custom portrait but are unsure of the types of photos to send in for reference. I work from photos and the more the merrier! Here are some things to consider when looking through photos to submit:

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1. Good Lighting

With any photo, well-lit using natural light ensures all the details are properly captured and no dark shadows obscure certain features. iPhone photos are usually acceptable, no need to buy an expensive camera! Try taking photos during the day in a well-lit area. Avoid bright lights behind the area of focus.

*Tip for pet photos: hold a treat right above your photo camera and snap when they look right at you! Works like a charm.


2. Sharp Focus

When taking photos, make sure the camera is steady! It can be hard to capture perfect moments, especially of our furry friends. Less blur in the photo ensures I can capture all the important details to make the most out of your custom portrait.

*Tip for pet photos: Tap to focus on the eyes of the pet, as that is the most important part to resemble likeness in the portrait!


3. Positioning & Proportion

When capturing a good reference photo, getting the proper position is ideal to creating a proportional and aesthetically pleasing portrait. Especially when capturing a large structure for a house portrait, make sure at least one of the photos contains the entire house at the direct angle you want the portrait created in.

*Tip for house portraits, make sure to capture at least one full-structure photo, but also include close up photos of important details such as a porch swing or garden


** Positioning is important,
but can be captured in several photos. 

The beauty of creating a digital sketch is I can make easy edits and changes, but I can also use several reference photos to make one sketch with perfect aspects. For example, say you want a pet portrait but have several photos to chose from. I can take the best head angle from one and the best body position from another to create a picture-perfect portrait. This can be done with all aspects from hair style to clothing type, but is not ideal for house portraits. Piecing together a house portrait can alter the orientation, making the portrait look off.

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