If you are considering commissioning a portrait of your own pet, this is the most important part of the process – the better the photograph the better the portrait. Hopefully these tips will help you get the perfect photograph:
- Take the photograph at your pets eye level – even if it means lying on the floor! This makes for a much better portrait.
- Look for distinguishing features which makes your animal unique (like a star on a horse for example), make sure this is in the photograph.
- Take your photographs outside if possible and without a flash. This will avoid red-eye. Get in close but not so close the animal isn’t relaxed, a zoom lens is a great help.
- Try to get the animals attention so that they look alert. You will probably need help so that someone makes strange noises or dances around, whilst you take photographs.
- Try to capture your pets natural expression, or how you would like them to look. Remember that I don’t know them like you do, I can’t imagine what they are really like and will draw exactly what is in the photograph.
- Fill the frame with the pet and not the background.
- Don’t take the photo face on, a three-quarters view is much more interesting.
- The best time to photo is early morning or late afternoon and in the shade.
On this page are some examples of what you are aiming for with your photographs; they are all sharp and clear plus the eyes are without red-eye.