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Creating Your Portrait

Planning Consultation

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.

Portrait Session

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.

Image Selection

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 décor.

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.

Portrait Finishing

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.

Additional Resources

Here are some resources you might find helpful in preparing for your consultation and portrait session.