Pet Portraits by Jack Lindsay

CUSTOM PASTEL PET PORTRAITS CREATED FROM YOUR PHOTOS  OF DOGS, CATS,

HORSES, BIRDS AND ALL THE PETS WE LOVE.

PHOTOGRAPH  TIPS

Suggestions for providing reference photos for your pet’s portrait.

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I am often asked “What pictures should I take?”  If you are taking new photos of your pet,

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 level.

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 PHOTOS

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.

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