About Oh So Portraits
Hi, I'm Jackie Robinson and a really warm welcome to Oh So Portraits.
I have been a graphic designer for over 30 years and it still gets me out of bed in the morning - I just love it. I've had a slightly convoluted route to get this point with Oh So Portraits which has included some amazing years photographing pet portraits and landscapes (still my sanity saver when I need to get away from the computer for a few hours) and even a bit of garden design. Graphic design has been my one constant throughout though.
Oh So Design began with the idea that I would create a range of greetings cards and general prints. It was while I was experimenting in Photoshop with a paper cutout effect that I came up with the idea of adding in a dog I had photographed, to create a focal point. When I did that it totally transformed the design and it was completely different from anything I had seen on the market. As a result, Oh So Portraits became a spin off from Oh So Design (which is my graphic design side) and it’s just taken off!
I take hundreds of pictures of Charlie, my very serious 'I'm not happy' looking cat. I used to take loads of my daughter too (but she’s a teenager now and not quite as amenable). We all do it, in this digital age it's so easy to snap away but we're a little less efficient at printing off our photographic results. I think my designs are an amazing way to get your own photos that are hidden away on your phone or hard drive out on display. I know, I would say that wouldn't I, but at the end of the day I ADORE holding and admiring a good print - it's a touchy feely thing...and a quality thing too, so why not not do it in such a unique way?
But why should you trust me?
I get a LOT of lovely customers who come back over and over again. Once they see and touch their first print they know they've spent their money wisely...and then they order for friends and family! And that is the best affirmation a small business like mine can get.
Each picture is a one-off created by myself, by hand (or mouse) using skills I have honed over the years, I don't use apps or filters. My years as a photographer have given me a thorough understanding of light and how it behaves - knowing where to add in the shadows to make your creation as realistic as possible is a key part of the process. If that is wrong the picture looks wrong. My retouching skills are rather good (trying to be modest) - whether it's tweaking (technical term) your photos to correct a colour cast, remove leads, bits of mud or a hair over the eye to recreating a sticky out ear that was cropped off in the original, I do take a lot of time and care to make your picture look it's best.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy browsing my shop. If you have any questions regarding my designs, photos that you’re not sure about or have something in mind that isn't listed, don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’m more than happy to help and advise (Please add your mobile number if you do, my emails may go in to your junk folder and you'll think I've ignored you and not replied - I will ALWAYS reply).
"Hi Jackie, I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I was with the pictures you did for me just before Xmas. They were presents for a number of people of their very much loved pets. They are all on display in their respective homes and are clearly loved. Your attention to detail was fabulous, particularly as I had to get the pictures from facebook and some were not the best quality. I have no hesitation recommending you to all my friends, family and business contacts. Thanks again, Carol"
"I bought two pets in letters for Christmas presents and they were gorgeous, such good gift ideas. Jackie is lovely and does an amazing job at making sure the end result is perfect! Would definitely recommend xx"
"I ordered a portrait of my fur baby for my mum for Mothers Day as she loves her so much! I was so happy with the proof I was sent within a day (which I was not expecting!) I could not wait for it to arrive! Jackie presented top service and kept in touch throughout to make sure I was satisfied which was very reassuring! I was delighted to receive my portrait much earlier than expected as Jackie knew this was a gift! I will definitely be ordering more portraits, they are so unique and the quality is amazing! 100% recommend x"