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Photo Guide + Tips

The rule of thumb here is...

"The better quality the photo's, the better the finished portrait"

Please note: I use the exact photo/s you upload with your order as my reference.

Please make sure that the angle works well with what you want drawn, that the fur color is true to real life, and that you are overall happy with the photo you upload.

Your photos are my only insight into what your pets are like, so clear well lit photos are absolutely key.

​If you are looking at commissioning a portrait of a pet that has sadly passed away I understand you may have limited photos available, but please don't worry - send me as many photos as you can and we can work through them together. I will need to see photos of pets that have passed before I accept your commission, so I can check I can work from your photos.

Multiple Pets

A common misconception for multiple pet portraits is that you have to have your pets in the same photo. This is NOT TRUE - in fact it is always best if you can send separate photos of each pet and I will lay them out nicely in your portrait together.​​

 

Here For Advice

Don't worry I am always happy to help and give you the very best advice that I can. I will always review and discuss your photos with you when ordering a commission. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more help, or if you wish to ask any questions. Feel free to send me as many photos as you like, with no obligation at all - my advice is always free.

What makes a good photo for a pet portrait?

For a head and shoulder portrait - A photo that is in focus, well lit, with the pet close in the frame

For a full body portrait - A photo that shows the entire pet in the frame without cropping off ears, paws, tail etc

Character - A photo that really captures your pets personality and character

Tips

Levels

Take the photo at eye level with your pet. Photos looking down on your pet look unflattering and unnatural to the eye. The best angles are with your pet looking straight at you or with their head slightly tilted to one side looking past the camera.

Camera

If possible, try to take your photo using a proper camera rather than from a phone. Photos taken using a camera often results in sharper, detailed and better lit photos. Phone cameras in comparison tend to be less detailed and a little darker.

In saying that I am more than happy to use photos from a phone if they are clear.