Take a moment to think about how you would like your portrait to appear. What is your subject wearing? Is it outside, casual and fun with a bright floral or wooded background? How about more subdued with a neutral background? Think about the person in your portrait…which style best reflects his or her personality?
There is no additional charge for me to take photographs for your portrait as long as you live within 50 miles of Augusta, Georgia. I prefer to take the photos so I get exactly what I need.
Once we have discussed your portrait ideas, we will schedule 30 to 90 minutes to take photographs…preferably with the background you would like in your portrait. When photographing outdoors, I prefer late afternoon light or a slightly overcast day. When photographing children, I believe that flexibility and a relaxed environment are crucial to success. I will take many photos of the face(s), pose(s) and background.
In some cases it is not possible for me to photograph the subject. In such cases I can use your photos if the following conditions are met:
Once the photographs have been taken, I will complete a drawing directly on the watercolor paper or canvas. We will schedule a time for you to view this drawing. If you are outside of the Augusta, Georgia area, we can share photographs from which the painting will be based electronically.
When you commission your portrait, we’ll discuss and agree upon the delivery date. The approximate time for a watercolor portrait is three months; oil portraits take about six months.
I pass the summer in California with my family and do not paint from May through August.
When your portrait is finished, we’ll schedule a viewing so you can review the portrait and indicate any final details for me to adjust. I will not accept payment until you are completely satisfied with your portrait. In the unlikely event that you do not like your finished portrait, I will refund your deposit and retain ownership of the portrait.
Once any final changes are made, watercolor portraits are available immediately, but oil portraits may require additional drying time before the application of a final coat of varnish.
Worrying over finding the “perfect dress” or the “perfect setting” can seem overwhelming. Children grow QUICKLY, so don’t worry about the small details…I can “fix” a small scrape on a chin, change the background, or switch the dress from gingham to the beautiful heirloom lace she outgrew last summer. I can NOT imagine what they looked like last winter before they lost their two front teeth and grew five inches.