One of the most frequent questions clients ask me is “What kind of photos should I send you?”
My answer is always the same. Send your favorites.
I mean, there’s a reason you like that photo, right? Maybe it is the expression, or the location, or memory of a special day when the photo was taken. Chances are good that if you like the photo (and I do my job) you’ll like the painting too.
The challenge as a portrait painter is that I’m painting from a photo that only captures a slice of someone’s (or some pet’s) personality. So while I may paint an accurate representation of the photo, I always hold my breath until the client says, “I love it.”
Luckily, 99.9% of the time, they do.*
*Other acceptable phrases include, “OMG.” and “It made me cry.”