your photographs or digital images to create the perfect
portrait of your favorite friends is by far the quickest
method of acquiring the information necessary to complete
several requirements of the images that are vital to the
creation of the perfect portrait. My paintings and drawings
come alive with detail if I have the detail to work from.
This means that the images that are sent to me for
portraitures should be clear, focused, and generally a close
up of the subject. If you use the following hints, you may
surprise yourself when you get images that you thought were
1) Start on a
bright, clear day.
a) If you can work outside, do so:
Work in a shaded area where your pet will not squint in
b) If you must work inside:
Work in the brightest location that you can find, by a
window or glass door.
2) Stay on a
level with the subject. Do not aim down at him/her. If you
need to use a chair, steps, or lay down on the ground, do
3) Take several photographs.
a) If you are looking for a head study, fill the frame of
your view finder with the head and chest. Take several shots
at different angles. Be sure to include the chest in your
b) Take full body shots, if you
want a full body portrait. Sitting, standing and/or laying
down. Head shots are also desired for these portraits to get
the detail in the face.
4) Use words, noises, toys
and/or treats to get attention for an interesting
5) Another person may hold the
animal in place with the collar or leash as long as the
hands are behind the subjectís body. Small pets can sit on a
6) Be patient and happy. Your
friend will feel your mood and attitude. Make the session
fun and you will succeed.
7) Multiple subjects for a
portrait are best photographed separately. One or two casual
shots, with everyone in it, will aid in determining size
Of course, there are
circumstances when new photographs cannot be taken. Several
old photos are better than one, even if they are not the
best. Look for one that shows true coloring as well.