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Choosing the best reference photo for your pet portrait is very important.

High quality photos are the key to producing the best pet portrait. The clarity and level of detail in your finished portrait will be a direct reflection on the quality, clarity and level of detail in your chosen reference photo.

Here are some tips to help you:


  • Photos must be close up and in focus but don't get too close though as this will distort the image. Details such as eyes, nose, fur direction and highlights need to be clearly seen when I zoom in to your photo

  • Photos must be high resolution and well lit. You don't have to use a fancy camera. Many modern mobile phones and tablets have excellent cameras that take high resolution quality photos. Make sure the lens in clean and unscratched and your camera is set to its highest quality setting

  • It is best to take photos outside in natural light, preferably a cloudy day. If you have a house pet you may wish to take the photo in a window or by a patio door. Please do not use a flash or filter, these will not give a true likeness of colour and will lose detail.

  • Stand with the light source behind you and have your pet facing the light.

  • The best photo is taken at your pets eye level. Crouch down or carefully place your pet on a table or other stable surface. 

  • Enlist the help of a friend (with treats!) to get the stance that you would like your pet portrait to be based on. Head tilted, ears up, mouth open/closed?

  • Once you have good quality photo of the stance, make sure you take a close up of the eyes and nose. The eyes are especially important!

Once you send your images through, I am happy to advise, offer an opinion and discuss the available options based on the images provide.

If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Good Photo

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  • Good light

  • Good detail

  • Clear enough to zoom in for features

  • Complimentary angle

Poor Photo

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  • Poor light

  • Poor detail

  • Not clear enough to zoom in

  • Poor angle

Poor Photo

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  • Red Eye

  • Poor angle

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