I ordered a custom silhouette of Severen from the lovely Ellen over at Happy Thought on Etsy and I am so pleased with it. It was a little tricky because a baby head just floating in space actually looks super weird (probably because they don't really have necks). So she worked with me on little things like the angle of Severen's arms, the curve of his chin, etc. and she sent me a draft of his whole body in this pose, which ended up being just perfect. Now I have a PDF that I can have made into a photo, a print or that I can share via email with family and friends. I am so impressed with her service - anyone in the market for a great silhouette should look her up!
Also did you know that the word silhouette comes from an 18th century French finance minister? Apparently, he had the thankless job of imposing a bunch of economic restrictions on the population during a severe credit crisis in the mid 1700s. People associated his name with anything done on the cheap - à la silhouette - or with an eye to frugality. Because outline portraiture was the cheapest way to capture someone's likeness at the time (wealthy people tended to commission a painting or a sculpture), that style came to be known as silhouette. Man that is cool, isn't it?