Sunday, May 23, 2010

A guide to choosing a photo for a stencil portrait

This post is intended for people who are interested in getting a portrait made through my Etsy store. 

Here are some things to look for when choosing or taking photos:

1) High-resolution photos, where the child's face is prominant in the photo.  (Photos of around 3MB and upwards are good). 

2) A clear, striking photo where the subject's face or profile can be seen clearly. This is an example of a good profile photo (I've blended the two photos to make the portrait).

Here's an example of a good part-profile shot-

3)  Look for spontaneity and animation rather than staged portrait photos.  Photos where a child's personality really 'jumps out' often work well.

4) It's great to use a photo where the person is wearing an item that they often wear, which helps distinguish them.  In this example, this boy's face is framed beautifully by a hat and scarf. 

5) Serious, intense shots of young children can be quite stunning in black and white.  In this photo you can see the child's face takes up about 1/4 of the photo - this is good.  If the face is too small within the photo it's hard for me to get the detail needed.

Please send photos in the largest file size you have to emmacorcoran AT

Some photos work better than others, so feel free to send me through as many as you like.  If you have an on-line photo album you're welcome to send me the link and I'll flick through the photos looking for ones that might suit.

I hope this guide has been helpful.  Please don't hesitate to comment, or e-mail, with any questions. 

Click here to go back to my store, and here's my on-line folio, with more portrait examples.


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