Reference photographs for portraitsThe photographs I receive from clients for portraits are the most important part of the portrait painting process. It is inevitable that they are of the best possible quality to ensure I can capture the true likeness of the subject in the portrait, be it a pet or a person. Please, make sure you provide me with the best pictures you have. It is also very helpful to have more than one photo as a reference when painting to allow me to observe the subject in different poses.
Tips on taking photographs of your pets
It is best to always use natural light - go outside if you can. This allows you to capture the exact colour of you pets fur and the best detail. However, try to avoid really sunny conditions as this will create almost unnatural highlights and thus distort the real colour of your pet.
Try to fill the frame with the subject and make sure your pet isn't moving when taking pictures (I know this is almost impossible) - this is to ensure the image is in focus. When the frame is completely filled with subject, I can see a lot of detail and can produce a much more realistic image of your photograph. The photograph to the left shows an ideal situation.
Try to use a digital camera. Pictures taken with phones are usually quite blurred and simply do not offer enough information for me to work from. However, modern smartphones can produce some really good photographs. If you have a photograph taken with a smartphone, and would like to use them for a portrait, please copy them first onto your computer and email them to me unresized. When emailing a photo from your phone, the photos will be automatically resized and will loose its original quality and clarity.
If you have photographs and are unsure if they are suitable for a portrait, feel free to email me with them and I will be able to advise you.