A Portrait as a Christmas Gift

After years of gift-giving, the challenge of coming up with a memorable Christmas gift for his wife is what brought my client Bob to reach out to me.

Bob and his wife have a 5”x4” photo from a wedding that is a favorite of theirs, but the small size, dark setting and cluttered background limited its display to a small table-top frame among other family snapshots.

 Bob's snapshot

Bob's snapshot

To elevate the picture to the level of a special gift, Bob asked if I could transform the picture into a 20”x16” painted portrait.  To make it look more like a formal portrait, Bob wanted me to remove the clutter from the background and brighten the entire image.  To help with this, Bob shared pictures of the room where it would hang to help decide on the color of the background.  I also made some subtle edits to make the pose and composition fit Bob’s goal of being a traditional portrait. 

Initially, Bob was skeptical that I could produce what he was looking for, but he was thrilled when he saw the final painting!  To help finish it off perfectly, I joined Bob at the framers to help pick out a frame that nicely complements that painting and fits with the décor of the room where the painting will hang.

With a few weeks yet to go, Bob is ready and excited to present this special present!

 The final painting

The final painting

Enjoy!

-Jason