Tips for photographing your pet

To create the best portrait that I can for you, I will need a nice clear picture of your pet. It doesn't have to be professional standard and today's phone cameras often get great results. Take plenty so we can decide together which one would be best for me to paint from. You may already have a selection and one in particular that you really want me to paint. It goes without saying that you will be happy that the photo you choose is a good likeness of your pet. 

You may need someone to hold your horse if he won't pose on his own, if you can get someone to rattle a bucket or something to get his attention so that you can get a good alert pose that would result in a good picture. 

If your dog is obedient, get him to sit and stay while you move away, and if you can get someone else to get him to focus his attention slightly away from you. Candid pictures are often good too if you have you phone at the ready as much as possible over a few days then hopefully you'll get something I can work from. 

If you are photographing a cat you may need to get someone to hold them, or just try and catch them sitting indoors or in the garden and we can zoom in if the picture is clear enough.

Ideally you should aim to photograph your pet at eye level, not looking down at them, and slightly at an angle or face on is generally better than side on. Ideally in natural light (or sunlight for a more dramatic effect with the sun behind you or to one side). Try not to use flash as that will make the subject look flat and washed out, and often the eyes will go red. 

If your pet has sadly passed away and your photos are not of good quality, I will do my best to create an impressionistic  artwork with what you have but good likeness cannot be guaranteed.

The better the photo the better the painting!

All Images are Copyright of Lorna Lancaster