OK, if you are interested in having me make a silhouette portrait of your child, here’s what you need to do:
1. If you have a girl with long hair, put her hair up in a pony tail or bun. It looks better if the neck is showing.
2. a shirt with a collar is good for a boy, but not necessary.
3. Pick a place in front of a window that gets good light. You want your photo to be back lit, so the light is coming from behind them and they are looking to the side. I took these pictures at my parents’ house because their dining room gets good afternoon light coming right into the window.
4. It helps if your kids have something for them to look at. If you can, play a movie or have them watch something on the computer. I took the pictures of my kids while they were looking at the computer. It’s o.k. if they are looking up or down a little bit, but not too much.
5. If necessary, BRIBE THEM! Unless your kids are really good and don’t need to be bribed, think of something you can give them to make them sit still and let you take some pics. Pretty much every good picture I have of my kids was taken because I bribed them. My kids don’t love having their pictures taken!!! So I say they can have a lollipop, watch t.v., whatever will work!!
6. TURN OFF THE FLASH on your camera (usually there is a button with a lightning bolt on it; press that button until it has a slash going thru it; that means your flash is off!).
7. Take a few pics. If possible, try to get the eyelashes. You want to try to fill up the frame of the camera so I can see the detail of the profile (forehead, nose, chin, etc.). Try to get the shoulders and neck in the picture.
8. If you have more than one child, try to get the pictures to be the same size (i.e., you need to be standing in the same place so the pictures are about the same size).
9. Email me the jpeg and I’ll do the rest!!
I also need to know what colors you would like for the oval background.