My solution, The Sims 2.
I used the game once before for the Threefold, getting usable portraits for them and some oddly candid shots that fit the personalities. Why not do it again for Ione and company?
With Ione, I found two hairstyles that could work for her. Both are short, shorter than originally conceived, but work for my purposes. The first is closer to the original idea.
|Short hair suits her.|
The second, though, gave me an idea for later in the story, when Ione needs to change her appearance a little.
|Might be difficult to change the part, though.|
|She'll need a jacket.|
|Suitable for coffee shops and curling up with cats.|
|Suitable for all occasions.|
With Ione done, Karen came next. Karen's appearance I already had clear in mind, Shorter than Ione, with long hair tied into a ponytail. Again, easily done, except for the height. The game doesn't allow for height variations. No matter, I can live with it and remember that Karen is shorter. With Karen, I found the ideal hairstyle quickly, then gave her glasses and earrings.
|The boots are a nice touch.|
|Showing personality differences through clothing choice.|
Since I had the game running, I went through character creation for Gemma.
|The future's so bright...|
|The new Number 2.|
To complete the character generation in the game, I filled out the personality bars to reflect the characters' personalities. Karen is very outgoing while Gemma became very serious. Once done, I tried to get a shot of the three women looking at the camera. The didn't. Instead, I got a few candid shots that, like the three fold, just worked.
|I can't believe I have to work with two amateurs.|
|Amateurs? Have you read the script yet?|
|That's what was in the envelope?|
Fortunately, the game created a proper group shot with everyone looking at the camera.