As the photograph I work from makes a significant difference to the quality of your portrait, I thought I'd make a guide to help you all out by showing you examples of good and bad photographs.
I understand that it is not always possible to get new photographs for pets that are no longer with us or for surprise gifts, and on these occasions I will do my best to work with the photographs you have, but a good photograph makes it a lot easier for me to convey your pet accurately.
If you are still unsure whether your picture is good enough, please don't hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
There are many elements that make this a great photograph for a portrait, such as:
This isn't such a great photograph for a portrait as it is: