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Oil on canvas portrait of a couple created from their engagement photo and given to them as a unique one-of-a-kind wedding gift.
**to enlarge: click this couple's portrait painted from their
engagement photo as their one-of-a-kind wedding present**

How to commission a portrait from photo

Commissioning a portrait from photo is not a very complicated procedure, however if you've never commissioned a painting before there are a few things you should know:

Don't pick the very first (or the cheapest) service you find. Commissioning a portrait is not the same as picking a painting service to paint the walls of your house. There are tons of websites offering portrait services, but they are not all the same. Do some research first. Learn about the artist you are planning on ordering a portrait from. Look at his/her artwork to see if it appeals to you. True art has a soul. It doesn't have to be by a famous artist. In fact, there are a lot of undiscovered artists, as well as student artists, whose artwork you might enjoy much more than the works of somebody well-known. Go by what YOU feel, because it's going to be you (or whomever you're getting the portrait for), and not some art critic, who will end up looking at the painting for years to come.

Collage portrait of Billie Holiday created from a photo of the famous jazz singer.
**click this example of a creative portrait from photo to enlarge it**

Don't order a portrait from a website with some anonymous artists. You can never be sure as to what you're going to get from such sites.

Remember: when you commission a portrait from a good artist there is a good chance that it wouldn't end up in one of your grandchildren's attic like many old family photos or paintings do, but will be proudly displayed above their mental. You're commissioning a potential family heirloom, which is something that generations of your descendants will (hopefully) come to treasure and know you by. If you leave them some tacky painting what will it say about you and your taste?

Unique gift for her. Collage portrait of a young woman painted in a very vibrant modern style from her photo.
**click this example of a creative portrait from photo to enlarge it**

When you're finally ready to order make sure that your photo is large enough for the artist to be able to clearly see all the facial features of the portrait's subject. Try picking a photo that's a good representation of that person's likeness, and not just a photo that makes them look good. Remember that the artist will only have one photo to go by and you will get a portrait solely based on that photo. So choose carefully!

Unique gift for her.  Fun, funky and modern collage portrait of a woman painted from her favorite photo of herself with changes to the hairstyle to make the portrait look less dated.
**click this portrait from photo (with changes to the subject's hair) to enlarge it**

However, don't be afraid to ask the artist for some changes. For example, if you don't like your hair in a photo that you otherwise love, don't be afraid to express your wishes as to what kind of hairstyle (or even hair color) you'd like to have in the finished portrait.

Also, if there is a certain color palette you would like the artist to stick with, let them know ahead of time. It might be offensive for the artist to be told after the completion of the artwork that you would like them to change something because it doesn't match your drapes. He/she had a creative vision of what they were doing and might not appreciate later changes you might want them to make. Respect their craft and be upfront about all that you're hoping to see in the portrait.

Treat your purchase as a potential investment and remember that you get what you pay for. When it comes to art best price guarantee is not a guarantee of quality. If you pay for an oil portrait as much as you would pay for a photo portrait from Sears - chances are you won't be getting a piece of art... When you order your portrait based on the cheapest price - chances are that you're going to end up with some impersonal cheesy-looking imitation of your photo.

Unique gift for any woman. Funky collage portrait a young woman painted from her photo as a gift for a special occasion
**click this example of a fun collage portrait
from photo to enlarge it**

Make sure that you're getting a work of art, not just a copy of a photo you provide, because whether you're commissioning a portrait for yourself or somebody else the painting will also serve as a decoration for yours or their house for a very long time. Consider the importance of this fact! Remember: good art creates a delightful ambiance for the home owners, as well as makes a good impression on their guests.

*if you like Natasha's art and would like to commission a portrait from photo from her, please use "Artist contact form" or email Natasha directly at: artnsus@gmail.com

"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you."
Frida Kahlo

"To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation."
Alexander Smith

"I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits."
Howard Hodgkin