Pet Photography Tips for your Custom Pet Portrait
Pet photography tips to help you photograph your pet for a pet portrait artwork...
When you're commissioning a pet portrait from a photo, it seems kind of obvious to say so, but the quality of the photo is so very important in how your artwork will turn out...
It's usually better to take your time so that you can do this while you're feeling relaxed - and maybe even plan to have a few photo sessions so that you can choose a few favourites that I can work with.
If your pet isn't used to having his or her photo taken, a gentle introduction to your camera (with a few treats or toys) can really help their confidence and will help you to get a photo of your pet looking happy.
Here are some examples of photos that work well for making a pet portrait from (below). If you’re not sure if your photo is good enough, please just ask me.
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Making Sure the Photo is Suitable
Getting the right photo for your personal pet portrait is very important.
As much as we might wish differently, a poor photo does not translate into stunning art.
A charming, close-up photo where your pet has a winsome expression will help to make your final artwork so much better.
Pet portraits usually work best when the whole head and some of the chest is included.
Some top tips for making your pet portrait from a photo a success:
- A good quality camera-phone is perfectly good
- Lighting is usually better outside than in...
- But watch out for very bright days that might cause dark shadows to be cast across your pet
- Put the sun behind you and not behind your pet (aim to have the sun illuminate your pet's face and not make your pet into just a dark silhouette in your photo)
- Get quite close to your pet so that we can see him/her clearly
Pet photography tips for better results:
- Get down to the same level as your pet (we want to see their face, not the top of their head)
- Concentrate on the face of your pet
- Centre on the eyes – make sure they are open
- Take the photo while your pet is relaxed and happy – perhaps resting after play or while sat quietly, chewing a favourite chew-toy
- Try and attract your pet’s attention so that they look at you while you take the photo - but it doesn't matter if they look away (many pets find the camera a little confrontational and don't like to look straight at it - that's okay).
Have a few attempts so that you can choose the best one or two for your custom pet portrait.
Give yourself plenty of time so that you can stay relaxed around your pet while taking the photos - you being relaxed will make sure your pet stays relaxed too - happy pet means happy photos means happy art too!
Make sure your photo is:
- Clear and in focus with detail visible in the face in particular - watch out for shadows falling across your pet
- A reasonable size
- Your pet must be the main subject of the photo, reasonably close up, and not obscured by other people, pets or things. Watch out for cutting off ears at the top.
Do you like your photo?
Please, please, please, make sure you send me photos that you like or love - your pet portrait will be based on the photo you send me so please choose one that you feel shows your pet happy and relaxed and reflects how you see your pet and their personality.
Your photo really does matter! More ideas... because so much relies on the quality of your original photo.
Not sure about your photos?
The only way to know for sure is to ask me if I could work with your photos. I'm more than happy to look at your photos before you ask for a quote for your own custom pet portrait and you needn't feel obligated to go ahead and it doesn't sign you up for anything.
Don't have a photo?
If you don't have a photo handy for your custom pet or animal artwork, please ask me when you get in touch and I may be able to source a photo of a particular breed or species to help create the artwork you want...
Happy with your photos and/or want to find out more about commissioning a pet portrait?
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