To get your commission underway, firstly I will need a photograph of your pet that you love. The very first thing I look for in a photograph is the quality. As a photo-realistic artist, I am attracted to detail like a bee to honey, so the more detail in a photo the better your portrait will be. This is especially important for your pet’s key features such as their eyes and nose. It is highly important that the photo is sharp and in focus and to do this you need a good camera preferably a `DSLR`.
Next is the lighting. Please DO NOT use a flash when taking their picture as `Red-eye` and deep dark shadows don`t do them justice.
Natural `overcast` daylight is always the best you can get and preferably outside or at the least in full light from a window or doorway., never in full sunlight as this can bleach the true colour.
Get level with your pet! Take the photo at eye level with your pet. Photos looking down on your pet looks unflattering and unnatural to the eye. The best angles are with your pet looking straight at you or with their head slightly tilted to one side looking past the camera. Fill the lens with the subject.
The camera. If possible, try to take your photo using a proper camera ( preferably a DSLR Camera ) rather than from a phone. Photos taken when using a camera often results in sharper, detailed and better-lit photos. Phone cameras in comparison tend to be darker and results in less detail being captured but can still be used if you are using a higher-end smart phone with the settings set for high resolution. If you need to then ask a friend to help.
Please bear in mind that the time taken now will always result in a better shot and a better portrait, you just need to be patient.