How to take Photos for your Commissioned Pet Portrait

Capture the Perfect Shot for Your Custom Pet Portrait with Expert Photography Tips.

  • Lighting: The best photographs will be taken outside in natural light on a bright overcast or cloudy day. If not possible, try taking your pictures next to a large window always keep the sun at your back. If your pet has a black or dark coat you may want to wait for a very bright day to show details in his face and coat.
  • Composition: Get down on the same level as your pet when taking photographs so the pet is not looking straight up at you.  Center your pet in the photograph and try to get the pet to look straight into the camera.  Be sure to that you are not cutting off their ears, tail or paws.   It is helpful to capture  some close ups of the face so that I can really see your pet’s features.  This will help me with the detail work of your pet's face.  
  • Give your pet time to get used to the camera: Have someone help you with the photo shoot by using toys or treats. They are a way of getting the dog’s attention and best expression. The more photos you take the better chance you have of capturing what you want.
  • Choosing your photographs: Details as a collar or leash can be easily eliminated in the painting but a sweater or a ball in the mouth are not.