The Process

How does this work?

We are an art shop that specializes in hand drawn silhouette portraits!

Our main product offering is printed portraits.  Select from our shop menu which style you’d like!  The options are:

– Classic Silhouettes – Watercolor Silhouettes – Sketched Silhouettes – Family Silhouettes –

Once we make your drawing we can use it in other beautiful products that can be purchased a la carte at a later date – OR – you can purchase them at the same time as the illustrations, just make sure you choose the correct listing (the product listing will say “with new illustrations”).  Those listings are priced to include the hand drawn illustration and the product itself. The additional products are:

– Signature Wood Plaques – Brass + Sterling Lockets – Wood Engraved Ornaments + Plaques – Additional Copies of Silhouette Prints –

We archive your drawings after we make them so you can always come back and purchase additional products with previously drawn (archived) silhouettes.


How do I submit Photos?

We have recently made changes to this to make it easier for you. 🙂

Within 72 hours of placing your order please send an email with the photo(s) attached to — AFPSproofs@gmail.com

Please include “Order #_____ ” in the subject line.  Label each photo using the child’s name if you opted to have us include their name on the portrait.

We will reply back letting you know we have your photos and then once the proofs are ready, we will send them back to you through the same email conversation.


What Kind of Photos Should I Submit?

We meticulously hand-draw our portraits using the picture of the person’s profile.  This is why sending a quality photo is so important in order for us to make them realistic and true to the person. We capture as much from the photos as possible while using our own artistic style to create a beautiful silhouette portrait.

Please note: It’s best to send ONE great photo for each child.  If you have a photo where you love the face profile, but like the hair better in another one, we can use both, but please limit the photos to no more than two per person.  It helps us work more efficiently AND gives you the best, most realistic final portrait!


Tips for a great profile photograph to ensure a realistic final piece of art: 

•Stand eye level with the person you are photographing.  Make sure their face is fully turned so you can only see one of their eyes.
•Is the photo showing the entire face? Nothing should be cut off in the photo (ie. back of head). 
•A closed mouth is my preference as it’s classic. Smiles look cute too. That’s up to you when taking the photo but please keep in mind once overlayed with color, smiles don’t always show through like in the photo.
•It’s best to have the child look straight forward so their neckline is natural. Having someone stand infront of them, holding up a toy, is usually helpful.
•Are you happy with how the hair looks?  Is there a random flyaway that you would rather us not incorporate into the piece? Please let us know that ahead of time.
•Long hair (below the shoulder) looks best pulled up.  However, if you’d prefer it down then pull it back away from the shoulder.  
•Profile pictures should be taken against a solid wall. However, If they are not infront of a wall, that’s totally fine as long as they are clear & not blurry.
•Send a picture of the highest quality that you can. You can certainly use your phone, versus a camera, but make sure you are taking it during the day with good lighting.