Monday, January 14, 2013

Pet Photography Tips featuring Bella & Ricky

you wouldn't believe how many potential pet portraits i have turned down because of one thing...bad photos. i get people sending me everything from cartoon images to blurry dark photos. any artist will tell you that the quality of the photos you send us will determine the final piece of artwork, therefore you want to send the best possible photos so it's a true representation of your beloved pet!

so, here are my personal recommendations for taking great photographs of your pet(s).

  always take photos in natural lighting. avoid direct sunlight by taking photos in the morning or evening when the light is less harsh. (okay...i know i broke my own rule here, but this was the only time we could get together..i'll make adjustments when drawing it). do NOT use a flash as it not only creates red-eye but it dulls the image as well as flooding out features and the texture of the coat.
keep in mind the color of your pet's coat. a black lab should not be photographed in the shade. and golden retrievers should not be shot in bright-middle of the day sunlight, where the texture of their coats can get washed out.

if your pet absolutely cannot go outside, have them sit near a large picture window. have them positioned so the light shines to their side or back.

 get down on the ground and get eye level with your pet. get both full body shots and lots of close ups as well. take full on shots and three-quarter views too and make sure your pet is large in the frame. always have on hand delicious treats and favorite toys to help catch cute expressions and their full personalities.

other tips 
take lots and lots and LOTS of photos (i took 70 photos on this shoot)...until you start editing them, you can never be sure which photo will best capture your pet. and be patient...they don't get what you're doing and it may take a session or two to get the perfect photo. it's always very helpful to have someone else there to lend a hand. just remember~no hands in the photo! (my daughter emily was a ginormous help!) if your pet won't sit still, they can hold their collar in the back, away from the camera.
now go forth and take beautiful photographs!!


Jennifer Richardson said...

those are wonderful tips
...pets are such treasures;
I love that you do their portraits!
those pups are adorable, by the way:)

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks for the tips! These are wonderful photos - what cute, quirky expressions - and your daughter is beautiful.


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