You can make a vast difference in how your portrait turns out, simply by providing me with a good photo.
I understand that some clients may not be fortunate enough to photograph their pets because they may have passed on. If this is the case, and you only have access to photos, you can either scan them into high-resolution images, or you can mail them to me via snail-mail and I can do that for you. I will take good care of them. I promise!
If you are lucky enough to have your pet with you, here are some suggestions that can help you with providing me with the best possible shot.
- If you have access to a good quality digital camera, as opposed to a mobile device, you will achieve much better results. If possible, set your camera to high-resolution. The higher the resolution, the more pixels your image will have, and the clearer it will be. I often zoom in on photos to see the small details. If the image is low resolution, it will appear pixelated when I zoom in on it and this will not allow me that close up view I need.
- When photographing your pet, try to get at eye level. I know from photographing my own kids, this is easier said than done. Avoid photos taken from above, as the camera will distort your pet giving her the appearance of having a large head and small feet. She wouldn’t like that!
- Also, try to shoot your photos outdoors. Avoid bright sunny days, as they will wash out your colors and cause glare. You’ll also end up with really strong shadows, which may make it difficult for me to see details. If you’re unable to take your pet outside, try to take the photo near a window.
- Fill the entire frame with your pet and leave a small amount of background. Consider whether or not you want a full-body portrait or a headshot. I recommend full-body portraits only for larger commissions.
- Make sure you don’t crop off ears or any other body parts!
Here’s a good link from Digital Photography School that gives some helpful hints.