I pride myself on really capturing the personality and expression of your pet in my paintings. In order to do that, I need photos from you that are clear enough to blow up without losing resolution and detail so that I can zoom in on the different facial features and capture the smallest details.
Below are some guidelines that should help you get photos that I can use as reference. Remember, the photo doesn't have to be professional quality, but it does need to be clear and high resolution. I can fix colors and backgrounds if necessary when I create your painting.
Most of us don't have professional cameras with expensive lenses. That's okay! Your point and shoot camera or any of the newer cell phones can take great photos as long as they are taken in good lighting. So, here are some tips:
Shade or clouds will create nice soft light, while direct sunlight will create hard black shadows and bright white highlights (not good).
Flash will make your pet's eyes green or yellow and will flatten out their features. On-camera flash is not flattering for humans or animals.
The images will be dark, blurry and/or grainy which means they won't have enough detail for me to paint.
Make sure your pet is in focus, especially the eyes. I really need that detail in order to capture their personality. Good lighting will help a lot to get pictures that are in focus.
Get down on your pet's eye level.
The best portraits are from eye level, rather than from above. If your pet is very small and it's hard to crouch down that low, try putting him up on a table or a chair.
Please send me the largest image size (highest resolution) that your camera or phone will take. Don't resize it for email. I need to be able to blow up the image in order to see detail, and I can't do that with a small, low-resolution image.
Other than that, just be patient and take lots of pictures! Treats, squeaky toys or noises can help too.
Just as an example, these photos of Tobe were taken by my neice. She went out in the backyard with him on a cloudy day and sat on the ground with her camera (to be on his eye level). She used a squeaky toy to get his attention and those ears perked up. At first he would run towards the noise, but after awhile he got bored and would just look over when he heard it. That's when she was able to capture these expressions.
I hope this additional information will help you take the perfect picture of your beloved pet!!! I look forward to painting him or her! Thanks so much for visiting KelArt Studio.