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These are the reference photos used for the sample portraits:

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The reference photos do not have to be super quality, just enough information for me to make out important details. I'm very good at interpreting and enhancing based on extensive experience with drawing and painting from live models in a studio setting.

Colin ref photo

Pick a photo that has an expressive face that is clearly lit but not overwhelmed by a flash or altered by special effects filters.

Madison ref photo

The photos below were taken of the characters as they appeared on my TV so I could create examples for this service. Note how the lighting in TV shows and movies is designed to create a mood.

Nicole

John Noble

Colbert

Stewart

These photos were on various news sites on the web.

Malala

The lighting on this news photo was especially good for showing facial details and why I used it to create a sample for this service.

Cosby