Creating a custom family portrait is one of the most heartfelt keepsakes you can give to a loved one, or yourself! Passed down generation after generation, portraits are a cherished possession that'll never lose their sense of love, remembrance and joy.
I understand the sentimentality that portraits carry, that's why I take the time to get to know the person behind the photograph so I can bring their unique story to life.
Each family portrait is meticulously hand drawn in colored pencil on archival quality paper, and come in a variety of sizes. I work off of one main reference photo but can combine multiple people into one portrait. Black & white, Sepia or full blown color....They're called custom portraits because the choices are all yours!
2. Send High Quality Photos
2. Send Photos
The better the photo, the better the portrait
I can't stress this enough! Your portrait is only as good as the photos you provide.
Up close, eye level shots of your pet in bright, natural outdoor light are best! That allows for the utmost attention to detail and a richer contrast in shadows and highlights.
Please send 2-5 reference photos via email and I'll work with you to help decide which photo is best for your portrait! Keep scrolling to see examples of what "good quality" photos look like so you know exactly what to send!
Create a Mockup
3. Discuss Details
What should be included/omitted?
Tell me about your loved one and their unique features. Would you like special jewelry added? Is there a meaningful physical quirk I should be sure to capture? Is this a surprise for someone? Do you need this by a certain date?
We'll discuss all the details of your portrait to ensure it exceeds your expectiations.
4. Sit Back & Relax
I'll create your custom keepsake
Portraits normally take 2-4 weeks.
If you're on my waitlist, I'll shoot ya an email before I'm about to start, then another one when I'm about halfway through. Please feel free to request progress shots during this time. Orders can be rushed for an additional fee; this is especially important during the holidays, as this is notoriously my busiest time. I will do whatever I can to accommodate you, but my work is very detailed and time intensive, so quality takes time.
5. Get Social?
Progress shots or big reveal?
I'm active on Facebook and Instagram and regularly post progress shots of my current commissions. My clients often like to follow along and see the progression of their portrait, but if this is a gift or of sensitive nature, then please let me know so I can refrain from posting. I will always ask before I begin your portrait.
6. Custom Framing?
Do it yourself or allow me
Do you get overwhelmed at the thought of custom framing? No worries, allow me to do it for you! Simply tell me about your home décor and what you typically like, and I'll use your suggestions to pick out the best mat & frame combo!
Choose between single or double mat. Framing normally runs $100 - $250 depending on the size and quality of materials. Framing cost is in addition to the cost of your portrait. Framing will add an additional 2 weeks onto the production timeline, so keep this in mind if you're trying to have it in time for a Birthday or Holiday.
"Taylor does not miss a detail. She is meticulous, and the time spent is evident in the way she captured my daughter's eyes."
"She took a great photo & turned it into a treasured keepsake"
In Your Opinion?
This adorable photo is a perfect example of why someone would want to commission a portrait.
Firstly, the photo is slightly pixelated which compromises the detail.
Secondly, it cuts parts of the children off, like the little boy's head and girl's ponytail.
Thirdly, the background is very unflattering and takes away from the focus of the children.
Lastly, the milkshake isn't very appealing and could stand to be enhanced.
By eliminating and enhancing certain features of the photo, the portrait represents the very best of the memory.
Everything is recreated with the utmost attention to detail and care.
Why would I want a portrait
when I already have a great photo?
1. Maybe the photo is a little pixelated?
2. Perhaps something got cut off or is out of focus.
3. You want to omit a physical feature like drool or a scar.
4. You'd like to change the color of an article of clothing
5. Perhaps something needs enhanced, like the milkshake in the example below.
6. Maybe their hair color has changed since the photo was taken and you'd like it represented as it is now.
7. The background is ugly or distracting.
8. It's a great photo of so-and-so but you don't like the other person in it, aka: an ex.