NATURAL LIGHT AND SIMPLE BACKGROUND
Pictures are best done outdoors in natural light, preferably on overcast days or in the shade. Use a simple background. Try to avoid using full flash.
GET IN CLOSE FOR THE PORTRAIT
Take as much of a close-up as you can manage without cropping off any of the animal’s face.
USE TOYS TO GET YOUR PET'S ATTENTION
Dogs respond well to a squeaky toy, and cats respond well to a toy on a string or “fishpole”. Treats can also work if your pet is into treats! Set up the shot, have everything ready, then squeak or move the toy and take the picture.
RECRUIT A FRIEND & KEEP IT FUN!
It’s best to work with an assistant to handle the pets and help focus their attention, while you focus on the camera and the shot.
If your pet starts to get stressed, it's better to stop and try again later. The most important thing is to Keep It Fun!
PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR PET
FOR BEST RESULTS PLEASE SEND AT LEAST 6 PHOTOS.
Please send close-up pictures of your pet, eyes open and alert, facing into the camera with a lively expression, and in full light but not washed out.
REQUEST A PET PORTRAIT
Send me an email or use the contact form bellow to discuss your project. After we've talked about your project I'll ask you to send me photographs of your pet and a non-refundable deposit for each painting.
After about 3-4 weeks, I'll send you an electronic "proof" of the painting via email for approval. If you like the "proof", send me the balance and I'll ship you the finished portrait.
8" X 7"
PET PORTRAIT SIZES & PRICING
Here are some typical sizes and prices for pet portraits. These are estimates only, and don't take into account the cost of shipping or special requests. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss other poses, multiple animals, different proportions or a larger sized painting.
Let me paint an original oil portrait of your best friend.
It's easier than you might think, and you'll have a beautiful painting that will become a family keepsake. Pet portraits are usually full face depictions of a single animal.These are NOT photo realistic representations, but my own interpretation of your pet's personality and spirit.