Photo Guide

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!

There are many elements that make this a great photograph for a portrait, such as:

  • Large file size
  • In focus
  • Taken outdoors
  • True to life colouration
  • Taken at the dog's height
  • Open mouth provides more character
  • Bright eyes
  • This isn't such a great photograph for a portrait as it is:

  • Blurry
  • Not taken from the dog's height
  • Eyes are closed
  • Fur is not settled due to the dog moving
  • The posing of this photograph is nice, but as almost the whole face is in darkness it is not suitable for a portrait. This could be rectified by taking the photograph outside on a slightly cloudy day (to avoid lots of contrast from the sun). Using flash is not a good idea as it can create unnatural highlights and shadows and often makes the eyes very bright.
    This is a good, and very original pose for a pet portrait. It was taken lying on the ground so to be at the dog's height, and shows lots of detail.