For me to create an excellent portrait commission, the quality of the reference photo is of utmost importance.  The more details I can see, the better is the quality of the drawing.  It is especially important that I need to be able to distinquish the eye’s pupil and other details.

In the case when you only have an old photograph or the subject matter is no longer on earth, I can work with what I get.  My suggestion is that you have the photograph scanned (minimum 300DPI) or if you still have the original film you can have it converted to digital format.

However, if you want a portrait of yourself or loved one as he/she looks right now, see below some general tips on how to get the best portrait reference photo.

Get Professional Help

A professional photographer has the right experience and equipment to take a quality portrait photo.  Try to find someone that specializes in portraits.
If you are in Bloemfontein, my pricing includes a mini shoot of 15 – 30minutes (edit of one 1 photo).

If you have found the right photographer that suits your budget and taste, please send me their contact details so that I can discuss the composition and my basic needs with the photographer.  For example a few closeup’s of the subject matter’s face will help tremendously with details.

If you want to take your own photograph

See below just a few tips on how to take a good quality portrait photograph..

Cellphone Camera’s technology has improved tremendously over the years, but they are not yet able to pass a proper SLR Camera.
SLR Camera’s photo is just generally sharper, brighter and higher resolution than a cellphone camera.

A good tip is to take your subject matter in natural day light that is diffused/softened.  The best time is on a bright overcast day but not in direct sunlight as this
can wash out details and colours and create unflattering shadows.  For the same reason, it is also important to never use flash.

Take your photograph close to a window frame that brings in light, but not direct sunlight.  You can soften it slightly by placing a white cloth over the window space.

Cellphone Camera’s technology has improved tremendously over the years, but they are not yet able to pass a proper SLR Camera.
SLR Camera’s photo is just generally sharper, brighter and higher resolution than a cellphone camera.