Are you looking for a formal portrait in studio that will stand the test of time to be turned into a painting? Or are you looking for a more informal on location look?
What to wear depends greatly on what you are looking for as your end result! Once you schedule an appointment with Castelo Portrait Art we are happy to discuss this in great detail with you - in person or on the phone!
Formal Family Portraits
Weddings, holidays, attending a formal ball, or going to a fine restaurant are the few times we tend to dress formally. At each of these events, we want to present our best self as we celebrate with family and friends. Your family portrait is a celebration and nothing is more beautiful than a formal family portrait!
Formal Family/Children's Portraits are usually done in Studio but can be done on location and can be especially beautiful when done in your home. This will be the most elegant and meaningful portrait you may likely have in a lifetime. It will lend itself to one of Castelo's gorgeous Oil Painted Portraits if that is what you are looking for. If you want to timelessly capture the joy and love of your family, this is an incredible way to do it.
Styles change and clothing can draw attention away from your face, the most important aspect of your portrait. For the best results, we suggest you dress formally in dark or jewel toned colors - this will certainly stand the test of time and be enjoyed for generations.
On location Family / Children's Portraits
On location portraits are not typically formal. Families are well dressed and coordinating in color - colors that of course pull from the location you select here in Charleston! You can go for a gorgeous casual look and have your portraits done at any location that appeals to you and your family! We have done portraits for families on their boats at the Charleston Marina, in their homes, in Charlestons Rainbow Row area, the Pineapple fountain, under the gorgeous Oak trees at many locations! Every part of Charleston, SC is so charming and full of history! Boone Hall, Magnolia Gardens, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms Beach - the stunning locations are endless between Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, Damiel Island - we could go on and on! Many families like to include their dogs as well - we have a lot of experience working with large families and your furry family members too. Whatever you choose, we will give you great advice on clothing so the end result is incredible!
Our Make Beleive Portraits
For our Enchanted Fairies, Mystical Mermaids and our Charleston Christmas Santa Experience Portrait sessions...
These sessions are just as much about the experience as they are about the gorgeous end result - the portraits!
We have extensive clothing for these! The dresses, tutus, wings, props - the are all provided. Yes,m you CAN wear your own, but we have everything and anything we could possibly need here in our studio!
We are often asked if we give digital files . . . the answer is YES! Our clients receive shareable digital files of each image they purchase so they can share via facebook, instagram, text and / or email! These are just as you see in our FB and Instagram posts.
It is however important we mention that as an artists we believe in the power of beautiful artwork. For this reason, we do not sell high resolution digital rights to imagery. Instead we offer everthing from regular portraits to oil paintings. Canvases, Fine Art Paintings & Books are some of our most popular products.
How long do orders take?
Orders can vary between 2 weeks to 6 months depending on products ordered! During your sales appointment, once you have compiled your order we will tell you how long your order will take. Most orders take 6 - 8 weeks - but the products you order determine production time. If you have a date in which you need something ready by, let us know right away. We always try to accommodate our clients. We are all about making you happy! If it is possible we will certainly do it!
Should we do our portraits in studio or on location?
We feel this decision should be based on a few factors . . .
How old are your children? What is the weather like? What type of imagery are you looking for? When you schedule your session we talk to you extensively about this. We will always make sure you have the most incredible experience possible - ask as many questions as you like . . . planning is not only fun, its a wonderful part of the process!