When commissioning a portrait to be drawn or painted from a photograph you should not expect to get an exact replica of the reference picture - for that you need to go to Tesco or Boots Photo Shops. You will probably have looked at the work of several artists and decided upon one whose style you enjoy. Artists add their own interpretation and help to bring the subjects to life in a way that photographs cannot, whilst still producing an accurate likeness of course.
I had a panic phone call on 16 December from a lovely lady (on the right of my portrait) who had just realised it was her Mum's 60th birthday on Jan 4th and could I please help by producing a family portrait to be presented on the day? I was just finishing my last Xmas Portrait commission so agreed to take this on - I managed to complete it, frame it and deliver it to her on 24 December - we met at a motorway service station mid way between our homes. Exciting stuff: