Please note that the better your photograph is, the better my drawing will be. If your photograph is detailed and captures the likeness of your pet, the finished portrait will replicate this.

  1. Photos taken at eye level with your pet are the most effective, making sure that you fill the viewfinder with the subject. When taking a photo to draw from I tend to lie on the floor (photos from above don't look quite as effective). It works well to have someone at your side getting the animal interested, looking at that person, as a slight angle to the side works better than face on.

  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 me to understand more of the animal's character - a good clear picture of the eyes is important. I will, of course, return all photos with the finished portrait.

  4. I also accept digital photographs by email or on CD. Please make sure the resolution of the image is at least 300dpi.

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

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

Animalartist 2004 Sally Goodden