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Photograph Dos and Dont's

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Here are examples of photographs which may be similar to some you already have. Please note the reasons why they would be suitable or unsuitable to use as a painting reference. It is always preferable to have a number of different views of the subject too, this is so that I can get to know them before painting begins.

Blurry, not enough details, Flash discoloured true eyes colour, Good composition
Shows every details, Good true eyes colour, Very good composition
  • Blurry, not enough details
  • Flash discoloured true eyes colour
  • Good composition
  • Shows good details
  • Good true eyes colour
  • Very good composition


Too blurry to see details, Good natural light and eye colour
Good natural light and eye colour
  • Too blurry to see details
  • Good natural light
  • Good natural light and eye colour
  • Good composition


Blurry, not enough details, Not true colour of eyes, Excellent composition
Unsuitable composition,Good true eyes colour,Close up shows every details
  • Blurry, not enough details
  • Flash discoloured true eyes colour
  • Excellent composition
  • Close up shows good details
  • Good true eyes colour
  • Unsuitable composition


Blurry, not enough details,Wrong composition,Good natural light and eye colour
Excellent composition,Will need other photos to compare true colours of eyes and fur
  • Blurry, not enough details
  • Poor composition
  • Good natural light
  • Close up shows good details
  • Excellent composition
  • Will need other photos to compare true
    colours of eyes and fur

As you can see, there is a lot to take into consideration when choosing suitable photographs. It's not very often we can get one perfect shot that fits all purposes. So please provide as many photos as you can to help me know your pets.

Rules of thumb when taking photographs of your animals:

  • Better use outdoor natural lighting
  • Lower the camera to the animal's height, not while you stand up pointing down
  • As close up as you possibly can
  • Avoid use of flash
  • Tell your pet to “SIT”..... if they will listen .....

If you like more then one animal in the same portrait. I will need photos for each of them in details, and photos when they are together. This is to understand the different sizes of animals and ensure correct scaling.

If you are planning to use photographs that are not taken by yourself, you must obtain written permission from the photographer permitting me to use the photos without copyright infringement.

I specialise in photo realistic fine detail paintings so the reference images are crucial.
In the interest of all concerned, commissions from unsuitable photos will unfortunately have to be declined.

It's recommended that you use Royal Mail Special Delivery when sending photographs.

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