Photo Requirements

The highest quality photograph will allow for the highest quality portrait. If you are unsure of which photographs to send or if you are looking to photograph your pet specifically to send to me as a reference photo, you may find this page helpful. There is no charge for sending me a photograph to see if it will translate well into a painting so feel free to email me on



Boe and Leo's photos below show the level of photo detail required for me to produce paintings that are to the same standard as advertised.

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Leo, in the first photo, shows the most ideal reference photo for a rectangular shaped portrait e.g the 11"x 14", 12"x 16" and 18"x 24" options. These rectangular portraits require some of your pets chest to be in the shot so that the whole height of the portrait is used.


Boe, in the second photo, shows the most ideal reference photo for a square shaped portrait e.g the 8"x 8" option. Her face fills the frame and I can see lots of detail.


I asked both Boe and Leo to be in sitting positions as this pose is generally the most photogenic for a portrait.



Upon placing an order it is requested that you email as many good quality photographs as possible. If you are unfortunately unable to take any new pictures of your pet or if this is going to be a gift of somebody else’s pet you may still use the following tips to select from the photographs that you have available.


Tip no.1 - Use a Digital Camera and be Close to your Pet


A digital camera will ensure the finest detail in a shot. It is important to get as close to your pet as possible as this will allow for a most informative photograph that shows your pet’s beautiful facial characteristics and hair lines. Any sort of camera blur will disallow me from being able to precisely locate the distinctive features which make your pet look exactly as they are. If you can see the direction of your pet’s individual hairs in both the lightest and darkest shadows of their face then you have achieved one of the most ideal reference photos for me to work from!


Tip no.2 - Natural Daylight


Refrain from using the flash function on your camera as this can wash out details and show inaccurate colours. You can eliminate the need for flash by taking your photo shoot outside. If you have an indoor pet, let them sit by a window with the morning or afternoon sunlight streaming in.


Tip no.3 - Be at your Pet’s Eye Level and Focus on their Eyes


Try to be at eye level with your pet, this may mean kneeling on the ground or even laying on the floor. You could even sit your pet on a table or chair if they are cooperative. Looking down on your pet when photographing them will diminish their stature and disallow for as much engagement in their expression. Being at eye level allows for a much more interesting perspective and your pets eyes will show emotions that are much more communicative.


Tip no.4 - Remove any Collars, Coats or Harnesses if you do not want them to be in your Portrait


It is not ideal to try to remove collars, coats or harnesses when painting a portrait so if you would like to see your pet without these accessories then the photos need to be taken without.