Taking a good photo
A good quality clear photo is very important for me to capture your pet in a painting.
I know as an owner we see our pets day in day out and know all their little quirks and funny faces, but the photo you give to me is the only guide I have to portray that.
If there's a look that you love about them or a tuft of hair that usually sticks up, try to catch that in your photo.
The image is best captured outdoors in some good natural light, if you're taking a front on shot try to avoid very heavy shadowing on one side of the face, as I really need to see both eyes clearly.
It's helpful to have someone with you, one taking the photo and the other with a treat or squeaky toy! I would suggest taking lots of photographs, going through them at your leisure and picking the best ones. You can send me as many as you like, but tell me which photo you'd like me to copy from.
Also if you want me to copy coat colours extactly make sure the photo represents a true likeness. I've found describing them in food colours helpful :)
If you're taking photos for a multiple portrait, I think the painting comes out best with your pets in the same state of alertness. Ideally they need to be side by side in order for me to gauge their sizes.
If you aren't able to take photos, some of these tips apply when you are going through old photos.
Below are some shots of my own dogs as a guide for you. These have only been taken on an iphone so you don't need a posh camera!
Try to get all the neck and shoulders in, with the head filling most of the photo. I need to be able to zoom in and see all their features clearly.
Collars can be left on but as a rule I don't paint them in.
If it's a horse portrait I would like it without a bridal, and preferably head collar.