photos guidelines

Use a good quality digital camera. Even a phone camera, as long as it takes high definition pictures (at least 8 megapixels)

You need good lighting (daylight) and if possible a plain background. 

The photographer should stand approximately 1.5 metres away from the subject, with the lens at the subject’s eye level.

Try to keep the camera as vertical as possible.

The subject’s face and shoulder should present their side view, either left or right (I can always flip it around). This photo is a GOOD example: – right angle – sharp definition – visible ear, neck and shoulder.

This photo is NOT a good example:  It is taken from above eye level and the shoulder presents a three-quarter view instead of a side view.

If you have the time please take two photos in slightly different lighting conditions:  shadows help me to understand your facial structure.

 For the same reason I also need a front photo.


A FEW TIPS: Most of us normally slouch and compensate by stretching our neck forward. Try to assume a correct but relaxed position: straight back and neck, looking at something more or less at your eye level. Serious or smiling, but please keep your lips closed: I have found that teeth don’t come out particularly well in portraits! If your hair normally covers part of your face or neck, send me a photo with your hair pulled back plus another with your normal hairstyle. Do wear your favourite top, jewellery or hair accessory, if you want to include them in the drawing. I don’t need nice photos: I need photos that clearly describe your facial features to use as starting point  for the work, almost like mug shots!  Keep in mind that nobody else will ever see them.

IN BRIEF: 1 PHOTO IN PROFILE (at least) + 1 FRONT PHOTO

COPYRIGHT AND PRIVACY NOTE : I take privacy issues very seriously: I assume that my clients send me images they have either ownership of, or the legal right to share with me. Furthermore, I will never publish in any form a personal photo or the image of a finished portrait without the express consent of its owner.

15/12/2017