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FAQs

Why does it cost so much? I've seen someone cheaper

I have completed more than 3000 portraits over the last ten years. When I open my books, I usually book out for the next 12 months within hours.

My portraits are meticulously handmade with premium materials. Each piece is a testament to skills honed through time and commitment.

My portraits are not simply a digital portrait or a quick app that filters a photo. Faces are hand painted and the piece is then hand embossed with antique, European laces.

Client satisfaction is paramount. I ensure your complete happiness by involving you in the process and offering revisions until the final portrait exceeds your expectations.

Payment milestones also correspond to approval stages, ensuring your confidence in the final product.

I am passionate, meticulous and determined to create a portrait that will be a beautiful keepsake, treasured for years to come.

For a deeper insight into my process, watch the video here

I also have many testimonials you can read here

What if I can't afford it now?

Only the $75 deposit is due to hold your spot.

To soften the financial pressure, portraits are then broken into 2 more payments- $235 when you approve the drawing and $235 once you are completely happy at the end.

I also offer Afterpay, Paypal, Credit Card and Bank Transfer as payment methods. 

If it isn't the right time now, simply sign up to the waitlist here to be notified when I open my books next.

What about postage?

Artworks are carefully packaged and sent in a protective envelope.

Postage via Registered Mail is free for Australian orders over $150.

It is $35 for Worldwide postage outside of Australia.

Can I have more than one child on a piece?

I only do one face on an artwork for several reasons: 

* The materials used are archival so they can be passed down to your children one day. 

* You can hang them individually or together as they grow. 

* You may have more children.

* You can choose a design/ flower crown to suit their personality.

* The main reason though is because they just look so much better. If you had to fit more than one on the page, the detail and beauty is just lost. It takes a similar amount of time anyway and if you’re going to pay for a portrait, it should be something you absolutely love every time you see it! It is worth the investment.

 

Are your Books Closed or can I order now?

Due to high demand, I open my books once a year with a limited number of portrait spots available. For the last few years I have booked out within hours for the entire year.

My  waitlist always receive priority booking. You can join the waitlist here 

If there are any spots left over, it will let you book here for $75.

Please let me know if you want a portrait for a special date already booked out and I will see if I can accommodate you. 

I try to fit Angel Portrait bookings in ASAP. You can read more about my Angel Portraits here 

Should I order a portrait now for a birthday, unborn baby or a gift later in the year?

Yes! I am always booked for months and often the year in advance so please get in early to ensure it can be completed in time.

If you want a portrait for a special occasion that I am already booked out for, please email me and I will see if I am able to accommodate you.

How do I choose a photo?

I will email you a week before your portrait will begin with tips on how to choose a perfect photo and design.

I often work from photos snapped on iphones. To ensure I capture your child’s true essence, you're looking for a good quality photograph- one that melts your heart, is a true reflection of them and shows the emotion you want to convey.

A picture tells a thousand words and it will always take you back to that special time and memory.

The eyes are also the window to the soul, so look for a photo that reflects that.

Of course, if you’re having trouble choosing one I will help you with it.

Can you do portraits for children that have passed away?

Yes, I receive a lot of requests for little angels and consider it a privilege to complete these. Please head over to my  Angels Portraits page here to find out more. 

Can you do a drawing from a combination of photos?

To ensure accuracy and meet your expectations, I work exclusively from one photo.

After sending the approval drawing via email, you have the opportunity to suggest changes, though they are rarely needed.

Prior to beginning, I provide ample guidance on selecting the optimal photo and design.

For angel paintings, I may occasionally require multiple photos to capture details if they are obstructed by chords etc.

If you're unsure whether I can work from your photos, please send them through for me to double-check.

How can I be kept up to date with Books Opening, new products and specials?

Sign up to join the One Sonny Day family here. Please save my email into your contacts or it may end up in your SPAM folder. You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook where you will often see designs and new work. 

What is the embossing technique you mention?

Embossing is an exquisite printing technique dating back to the 1400’s.  It involves creating either a raised or recessed relief image and design in the paper.

I work with precious pieces of antique, European laces that I 'press' into beautiful French paper- a truly exquisite marriage of textures.

The rarity, history and romanticism of the antique laces are forever captured – preserved in time on beautiful paper.

Whilst difficult to translate through a photograph, embossed paper reflects a beautiful light, texture and detail- such beauty within simplicity.

Of course if you prefer to not have your portrait embossed, that's no problem.

Do you do framing?

No, however my portraits are designed to fit into standard size A3 frames if you don’t have the budget for professional framing. I like to use the 40x50cm frames so it has a mat board around the outside of the portrait.

I like the Ikea Ribba and Mossebo frames but you will also find frames to fit from places like Kmart, Country Road, Target, Big W, Spotlight etc.

How long is the custom portrait process?

It usually takes 4-6 weeks from when it is started until it is completed. Once I have your order you will receive a welcome email outlining the process and the dates for your cycle. If you would like a particular date then let me know and I will try to accommodate you if I can.