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  • Writer's pictureMary Duffy

The hassle-free way to commission a portrait.

Updated: May 13, 2022

If you're reading this, you've probably thought about getting a portrait done but you're not sure how it works.

In this blog, I'm going to show you 5 tips on how to commission a portrait, the hassle-free way.

1. Pick a great photo.

The photos you provide for me to work from are THE most important factor in getting a great result.

If I have a great photo to work from, you will get an excellent likeness in your portrait.

Sometimes it's not possible to find a good photo (if the person is deceased), so in that case I will advise you whether I think I can work with what you have.

A clear well-lit photo allows me to capture every detail in this beautiful child's face.

2. Allow plenty of time.

This is important if your portrait is for a particular occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. It allows me the time to give your commission the time it deserves to get it perfect for you.

It's particularly important to allow plenty of time at Christmas when my order book is quite full.

3. Confirm your order with a deposit.

To turn your enquiry into an order, you need to pay a deposit.

After we've agreed which photo to use as a reference, I will send you a payment link for a 30% deposit.

This allows me to put your commission into my order book and give you a date for completion of the portrait.

The balance is paid when you've seen a photo of the finished portrait.

4. Sit back and relax.

Yes, there really is nothing left for you to do. I'll be in touch when I have your portrait ready and send you a photo of the finished piece.

When the balance is paid, I'll arrange the courier delivery of your portrait.

5. Enjoy your portrait!

Whether the portrait is a gift for an important occasion, or something you've been meaning to do for years for yourself, now you can enjoy the finished piece up close.

Hang it away from direct sunlight but somewhere you can see it regularly so you can enjoy it.

A photo captures the moment. A portrait celebrates it.

Click on an image to see it enlarged or go to the gallery here



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