To create your portrait I need at least one good quality focused picture showing either the pet’s face or full body depending on what sort of portrait you wanted. If you are taking pictures especially for your portrait then they are best taken outside in natural lighting to help capture their true colours and to minimise red eye. My best tip for getting them to sit still for taking pictures would be to use their favourite toy or treat as a bribe.
You can either email digital photographs to me or post actual photographs if that’s what you have, these will be well looked after and returned with the portrait. The more photographs you can send me the better, they all help me to get to know the animal’s personality and their individual features/markings. I understand how important our beloved pets are I make exceptions to photograph quality when they are old pictures of pets that have since passed. I will do my best to portray your pet as best as possible, using your help where markings and features are not clear enough on the pictures.
I can also combine pictures to make the portrait you want as I understand how difficult it can be to get that pose or expression you really want to capture. Below are some examples of portraits I have done by combining pictures to make the final piece how the client’s wanted them. I can also use individual pictures of several pets to combine them in one portrait as its hard to get them to sit together nicely. It is always helpful to see a picture of them together just for size comparison as I like to keep my portraits in proportion.
Here I combined two photographs and incorporated the Christmas tree background to put both cats together.
The client loved the left hand picture of their dog, but wanted it in colour so I used another photograph to help me.
The client didn’t want the trousers or other dogs legs in her portrait, but still wanted a bit of background to help make Banjo stand out, so we decided to repeat the brickwork all around him for his portrait.
Here I combined a picture of Baxter and Brie together with Charlie, who had already sadly passed so there were no photographs of them together. We also decided to remove the decking and replace it with some grass. I have also used other pictures of Baxter and Brie to open there eyes as they were squinting in the sunlight and the client wanted them to be seen.
This is another example of using separate pictures, also with one dog who has passed. The quality of the picture of the older dog is not as good as the other photographs which is reflected in the portrait.
It is much harder to work from old, blurry pictures like this but I try my best to capture as much detail and personality as I can, I understand how much all our pets mean to us, no matter how long we had them for or how long it has been since they have passed.