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How to order a Portrait

Commissioning a portrait is straightforward but it's not something you do everyday.  So you want to get it right.

I understand that.

That's why I've laid out the process below in 6 simple steps. 

If you need any advice or you just want to talk about your idea, you can call me on 087 8117331 on Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm.

Or you can email me at mary@maryduffyportraits.ie and I'll get back to you within a day.

  1. Select a photo

 2. Fill in the Contact Form

Portraits can take from one week to four weeks depending on how busy I am at the time.

If you have a particular deadline, I will try to have it done by then if possible.

To enquire about your portrait painting or drawing, you can fill in a Contact Form

I will get back to you within a day and together we will decide on the best size and medium for your portrait.

If you have any questions you can email me at Mary@MaryDuffyPortraits.ie or call/text me on 087 8117331 and I will be happy to answer them.

The most important thing you can do is find a great photo. 

I need a focused, well-lit, head and shoulders photo in order to get a good likeness.

Natural daylight is the best if you're taking a photo for a portrait commission.

You can email your best photos to me at Mary@maryduffyportraits.ie or text/WhatsApp them to me on

087 8117331 and I'll let you know if they're suitable.

 3. Pay a deposit

After we've discussed your needs and requirements and you're ready to book your portrait, I will send you a payment link for a 30% deposit.  This secures your portrait to be done by the date agreed. 

Please read the Terms and Conditions before paying the deposit.

 4. Portrait begins

Once I have received your 30% deposit I will begin work on your portrait. Each portrait gets my individual attention and I will continue working on it until I'm completely satisfied that I've captured the essence of the subject. 

 5. Finished Portrait

When the portrait is finished, I will take a photo of it and send it to you. 

If you are completely happy with your portrait, I will send you a payment link for the balance.  

 6. Shipping of your finished piece

Local delivery or collection can be arranged if you live within a reasonable distance of my studio in Ratoath. 

If you are further afield, I will carefully prepare your portrait for Courier delivery.  

Shipping is free for all Irish deliveries.

You should receive it in 2 to 3 days at most.