As with most things in life, the prep work is the most important part of the
process. We begin with an initial conversation to get to know each other and
discuss the portrait you have in mind. Together we determine the appropriate
location, style, and mood of the image. Next we focus on the personalities
of the subjects involved and what they should wear. Carefully selecting clothing
and accessories is essential to creating a portrait that is in harmony with
the décor of the area where the portrait will be displayed. If desired,
we will come to your home and evaluate the style of your décor and colors
in your home to help you determine the best place to display your portrait
and select the proper clothing.
On the day of your portrait session, be sure to allow enough time to prepare.
The length of the session will depend on the location, number of people involved
and complexity of the setting. It is a good idea to bring toys or snacks to
distract children that may become restless. Some other items you may want to
have on hand are backup clothing, several selections of jewelry, multiple shades
of lipstick, a hair brush and hair clips.
If small children are involved, we suggest that you do not tell them they are
having their picture taken or ask them to smile for the photographer. We want
to capture a spontaneous and natural expression and we have found that the
best smiles are prompted through interaction, not staged.
After viewing a presentation of all of the images from your session
using state of the art digital projection, we will assist
you in selecting your favorite using a process of elimination.
Then you will be asked to choose from several print mediums
and finishes. Your final task is the selection of a frame.
We will be happy to help you or your decorator find the
right frame to showcase your portrait and enhance your
It is crucial that everyone who is to be part of the decision making process
is present at the viewing. Be prepared to place your order at that time. We
have found that it will be easier for you to focus on making your selection
if small children are not present. However, they are always welcome.
The originals you view during image selection represent only an intermediate
step in the development of your portrait. Once you have chosen an image, we
begin the creation of your finished portrait. The raw image is expertly enhanced
with artwork performed by Mr. Alonso personally. Then the image is carefully
transferred to the selected medium and the appropriate finish is applied. Your
portrait is coated with a protective lacquer that will preserve the quality
of the image and enhance its longevity and beauty. The final product is not
just a portrait; it is a true work of art.
Here are some resources you might find helpful in preparing for your
consultation and portrait session.