I am sure that many clients or potential clients have the fear that they will pay a lot for a sculpture and it will not look anything like what they have envisioned in their own mind. Here are some thoughts on that fear-
When commissioning an artist you must be absolutely sure that the artist understands what you want. First be clear of your thoughts. How do you see this loved one? Do you see them younger? Is it a formal pose or casual? If it is a full figure pose or life size what mannerisms does the individual have that can be portrayed?
If the artist requests a photo sitting it is assumed that the sculpture is at the same age as the sitting. If you request a different age be sure that you have as much reference of the person at that age that you can possibly provide.