I am often asked “What pictures should I take?” If you are taking new photos of
1. Take as many photos as you feel will capture your pet’s personality. Try to focus
as closely as possible on the pet, itself, rather than including the surrounding
atmosphere. This will provide details of your pet that would otherwise not be seen.
It is important that the photos be as clear as possible.
2. Lighting is very important. Side lighting is the most dramatic. While full front
lighting is acceptable (using a flash) it often “flattens” out the image. If possible,
natural daylight is ideal providing that it is bright enough to portray colors accurately.
3. Looking down on your pet is not the best angle. Try, instead, to place the camera
on a level similar to your pet. I would like to look into his or her eyes at their
4. Do not worry about “red eye”. I can take care of that but I will need to know
the real eye color if not provided by other photos.
5. All photos will be returned with the finished portrait. Not to worry.
When sending photos, whether new pictures or from your family album, please add notes
to them so that I can “see” what you see. Post-it notes work well for this. Notations
that say something such as “coat color is good here”, “remove collar”, “use ear set
on photo B instead”, etc.
Remember that the quality of the finished portrait and the quality of the reference
photographs go hand-in-hand.
Digital photography has its advantages in that images can be sent to me as attachments
to email messages. I have had success with this method but reserve the need to review
all photos for their clarity and color accuracy.
Please note that all images on this site may not be reproduced without written permission.