Taking a good photo

Tips for taking a great 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 along with some helpful tips as a guide for you. These have only been taken on an iphone so you don't need a posh camera!

 

When you come to send me the images, its best done via email and at the highest resolution you can please

Tip one

It's best if the dog or cat is sitting rather than laying, as this allows me to see the lovely neck contours. If you want a full body portrait this isn't as important but try to get a pleasing shape!

 

It doesn't matter on the angle of the head but try to get down to their level. Shots taken from above look sweet as a photo but don't come out as well in a painting

 

Tip two

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

 

Tip three

It's best if your pet is dry especially on long ears or coat

 

Tip four

It's not always possible to capture the

eye and coat colour in the shot you like, so a separate 

image that does is very helpful

 

If you're finding the photographer tricking and your local, you are more than welcome to pop over and we can take some together! 

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