Pet Photos

Tips to take the best photos of your pet to use as reference

Please note that the better your photograph is, the better the portrait will be. If your photograph is detailed and captures the likeness of your pet, the finished portrait will replicate this. See this gallery of reference photos as examples.

My top tips

  1. Photos taken at eye level with your pet are the most effective, making sure that you fill the viewfinder with the subject – photos from above do not look as effective. It works well to have someone with you holding a treat just above the camera, or slightly to the side, to keep the animal interested.

  2. It is best to take photos outside or at least beside a window, as this shows them in a natural light. A useful tip to keep in mind if you are photographing a dark coloured animal is to make sure the sun is behind you; and white animals are better photographed with diffused light (ie on a cloudy day). If you do have to photograph indoors try to avoid using flash as this causes red eye.

  3. Any additional photos, and written info from you about quirks, habits, expressions etc, are really useful to help Sally to understand more of the animal’s character – a good clear picture of the eyes is important.

  4. When emailing photos please make sure they are at least 1MB – the bigger the better! You can use a free file transfer web service such as We Transfer to send through the photos.

  5. If you live within a 15 mile radius of Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, Sally would be very happy to discuss arranging to photograph your pet. This service is free, with just travel expenses added to the order.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Now you are ready to order your pet portrait!