Since I can only paint what I can
it is important
that the photographs
of your pet
include as much detail as
possible in addition to reflecting the ‘look’ and
character that you love and
want portrayed in your pet's portrait.
are many websites that offer pet photography instruction, search
photographing pets, pet/dog/cat portrait photography or similar
searches, for subjects other than pets see Still Life,
Old Cars/Trucks and People Photo Tips
some pet photography tips I find particularly helpful:
the ‘Character, Personality, Quirkiness, Mood or
Look’ you love -
and be sure to include the amount of the
subject you want reflected in your commission whether it is a head
and shoulders or full body.
should look natural, usually this means alert or perky, certainly not
frightened or skittish.
need to be clearly visible, in a relaxed open position and reflecting
color - the eyes and ear positions along with mouth demeanor: open or
are vital. One really good facial close-up is very helpful even when
full body portrait.
natural light, without a flash or bright sun (these tend to create
images and are not good source material for a portrait) - bright
conditions outdoors are ideal or indoors near a large unobstructed
window works well with the light source behind or just to the side as
your pet as best you can without getting in too close and get down on
with your pet so he can be seen at his best. Here a telephoto lens can
great benefit allowing you to choose and frame the pose. Avoid odd
contrived positions and looking down on your subject. (check out:
your pet for drawing at: http://drawsketch.about.com/od/learntodrawanimals/ss/petphotography.htm
take lots of photos and be patient, only one in fifty might be a
‘good one’. Using
a digital camera here is very beneficial as you can edit on the spot,
time, money and frustration. Just set your digital camera to its
resolution so you will have all the details recorded when you get the
- I use only one pose to
create my composition,
- However, additional photos that more clearly define the
and especially detailing the eyes are useful and appreciated, please
include at least 4 or 5 photos, and
particularly good or favorite poses as well as noting those that most
accurately reflect coloring.
How to send your pictures
- Please complete the ORDER
information and send with photographs:
- I like to use digital photos, if possible. Take them
at the highest resolution you have on your camera.
- Digital Pictures can be sent in jpg. format attached
to an email or sent on a CD through snail mail.
- If you are not using a digital camera, I can use
regular photo prints, usually I need to enlarge these and the
negatives need to be included, unless you already have the prints
enlarged. Small snapshots without the negatives often do not have
enough detail to transfer into a larger portrait without the negatives
- I am happy to look at your pictures and let you know
whether I can paint from them.
- Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information.