Use the guide below to help you take/find the best photo to enable me to create the perfect pet portrait for you
Your pet portrait will be better if you follow a few simple tips.
The better your photos the better my artwork will be, but I can work from almost anything… (if I really have to).
Let me reassure you that, over the years, I have worked from just about every kind of poor photo. Don’t worry if your pet is no longer with us and you only have some poor photos, as I am an expert at what I do.
In an ideal world (and it often isn’t) I like nice clear photographs. I need your photo to be in the highest resolution it can be. Please do not compress photos when you e-mail them to me (2MB and above if possible), the more memory your digital photo takes up the better! Thus enabling me to enlarge the photographs to see the finer details.
However, it may be that you don’t have any truly great pictures of a beloved animal, but don’t worry, you’ll be amazed at what I can work with!
The best photographs are taken in natural daylight. Try and avoid the following:
Bright sunlight as this can bleach the colours in the fur and also make the animal squint uncomfortably.
Using a flash can also have the same effect and usually, results in bright green eyes!
The best angle to photograph an animal from is at their level. Crouch, or sit on the ground. This eliminates any awkward foreshortening of the body.If the animal is excited about the camera, get someone to help. Hold a ball/treat up behind your shoulder. It should hold their interest for a few seconds!!
Photos should be well focused with your pet taking up as much of the photo as possible.
Try and send a few different shots for me to look at. This way I can get a good idea of the animals shape, colouring, etc.
If sending by mail, please do not send the original, irreplaceable photographs. Please get a copy made and send that to me.
I understand that sometimes the animal is no longer with us. Using some artistic license I can usually work from most photographs. It is helpful to point out any distinguishing features to me that may not be present in the picture. This is why I like to have a lot of communication with you to be able to create the best portrait I can.
Here is a brief recap:
One photo by email is enough but I like more.
Quality photos are preferred (but not essential).
I prefer digital images using as much memory as possible. (In JPEG format please).
Never send irreplaceable photos in the post.
If for any reason your photo is not an accurate picture of your animal (eg sun bleaching) this must be pointed out.
If you have any questions, then please get in touch.
Remember, to keep things simple, all portraits include postage (with insurance) and packing in the price.