PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR PET I really enjoy capturing the expressions and personality of pets. I receive many pet portrait commissions with photos of pets that are well, challenging, to work with for a painting. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a challenge! However, it is great if you can provide more than one view of your pet if your photos have issues. Chances are good that I can work with what you already have in your stock pile of favorite photos. If you are not sure, send it and I'll give you a thumbs up! If you have the urge to capture that perfect photo to send me for your pet portrait, I have included some really helpful tricks of the trade below:
Fill the viewfinder with what you want painted.
Try to photograph your pet in a relaxed situation. Keep your camera handy.
Make a silly noise just before you click the shutter. This makes them perk up their ears.
If possible use a second person familiar with your pet to help you photograph.
Consider a different angle or perspective of your pet for variety.
Below are examples of photos and the final paintings. See if any inspire you to get out a camera and take some photos of your pet.