Because they're pictures I don't spend any time styling and are affected by the angle of the camera lighting in the room shirt I'm wearing the dimensions of my pocket square lunch I've had pose I'm in positioning of the planet Jupiter blah blah blah.
Somebody please quote edmorel's recent philippic on this for me. Photos can be useful points of departure for discussion, but nitpicking their every detail and ripple often isn't that useful IMHO.
If I didn't like the coats they make, I'd have chosen a different tailor. I think you're kind of asking for trouble making too many special requests, especially on the first order. If something seems really off to you at the first fitting, you can address it then.
I don't really make over-the-top special requests, definitely not on the first order, but what I do like to know is, for instance, what the tailor thinks the ideal length of the coat should be, lapel width, or even the 'general' silhouette that they'll cut for me on my coat. And on DBs, the amount of overlap for instance. More certainty that way.
I don't mean just at the first consultation though, but throughout the ordering process (inclusive of the various fittings). I don't really talk about technical stuff. More like I like to know what are the styling details that are the default, and what I'd want differently. For instance, I know English tailors typically make patch pockets that don't have very rounded edges, and I'd specify that I prefer patch pockets with more rounded edges. Or more belly on the lapels etc.
Do people not make these sorts of stylistic requests?
But you're quite right that specifying too much can be a huge disaster (especially when picking up stuff online), and I've typically reminded myself to take my hands-off and let them do their thing.