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Photo Tips for Taking Reference Photos

When working on your pet portrait I use selection of images to capture the personality, markings, fur colour and fine details. 

I can change or manipulate some details from the photos provided (changing lighting/colours, adding/removing collars, removing imperfections, making an older pet look more youthful)  

If sadly your pet has crossed over the rainbow bridge I'll do my best to create a portrait with the photos you have available.


Below are a few photos (with my handsome assistant Bobby) and tips to help you get the best possible results for your portrait.

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Pets Moving or in the Distance
If your pet is far away or moving it can be very difficult to pick out any fine details (see photo below)
I know from experience it can be tricky to get your pet to sit still at the best of times! 
High-value treats can be a very good bribe for a fidgety fur baby, giving you a few moments to snap away!

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Camera Angle
When you stand above your pet and take a photo looking down at them they'll look out of proportion with a large head and small body (see left photo below) instead of this try crouching down to your dogs eye level, you'll see their personality shine though much more at this angle and they will look more natural.



Natural daylight is ideal for taking your photos, even on overcast dull days! Modern phone cameras can focus more easily in these conditions, so your photos will be sharp and full of those all important little details. Photos taken indoors (especially at night) can make fur look dark, dull and flat, with an unnatural yellow hue, it's also harder to get a sharp, in focus image.


Quality Checking

If you follow these tips and take your photos close up, at your dog's eye level, and in natural daylight you'll capture some great reference photos!
To test for quality zoom in to the photo, you should be able to see sharp details in their fur and features as well as characteristic markings.

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