The first one is my oldest child’s portrait. He was not thrilled with having to spend the afternoon
in the portrait. I won’t bore you with the details, but all very meaningful especially now that he is gone.
I love this portrait of my daughter. She was a very serious little girl and the artist
caught her expression perfectly. She wasn’t happy about the afternoon spent with the
artist one bit until the artist told her she could bring her favorite stuffed animal which is
at her feet in the portrait. There was 10 years difference in the portrait of my first child and
this one, so you can see how the artist improved in her skill. This portrait is big 40 x 40 and
a little more detailed than my first son’s portrait. I purposely cropped the frame off both of the
portraits because I wanted to focus on the children here.
While we are on the topic of portraits, I was wondering do you like portraits?
Working with clients, I have found that some people do and some people don’t like portraits hanging in their homes. I guess my it’s southern roots showing through, but in the south people tend get their children’s portraits done around the age of 5(before they lose their teeth) at 16, 18 or 21 which marks milestone birthdays. Formal portraits are for everyone though.
Here is a contemporary approach to portraits fro James Wall Portraits
In recent years, some people have strayed away from the traditional portraits
for more contemporary family portraits like the ones below which I think are fun.
We are seeing a lot more photography these days like this cute little guy. Supersized seems
to be the way to go. It adds drama to the room.
These black and white photographs on canvas are dynamic in a space like this.
Nestor has some black and white photography of her children in grouping
with other things which works well.
I also think sketches are really nice. Still rather traditional but with a little more organic feel.
There are lots of different mediums to chose from, like sepia,
watercolors, pen and ink and charcoal like this one..
I especially like the sepia studies like this one:
What about this pop art version for a child’s room?
Or you could create a full wall mural like this one by Clicking here!
I think would be fun to do in a hallway or playroom. I have been thinking about
doing one of these with a photograph of my parents from their wedding and putting in
their beach house so surprise them. It’s easily removable, so how great is that?
Here is a family photo that was taken and make super size by Lulu de Kwiatkowski’s and featured in Lonny
Here is a mix of color and black and white photography.
Let’s don’t forget about the ever popular silhouettes either. They have made a big comeback
in recent years but are also much larger than used in the past as shown below. There is a tutorial
on how to make silhouettes here!
No matter what your preference is where portraits are concerned, I think you will agree that
they do add personality to a home. Let me know what kind of portraits you favor?