To get an excellent painting of your pet I need good photos. I will come and photograph your pet, or you can bring them to me. I charge $150 per hour for this service. I am in Sonoma County California. Call me (707) 599-2505

OR- you can easily take your own. Here’s how:

Photos must be taken in natural light,  at the pet’s eye level. Get down low. I can’t tell you how many pictures I see with a little dog looking up at the owner. It helps to bring a friend along. One of you get the pets attention and the other take the shots. No flash.  If your dog is like mine, the camera makes him nervous, so use the zoom feature. Take a minimum of 6 pictures. I may ask you for more.

Get close.

The higher the resolution the better. Most pictures taken with your phone are just not going to cut it. However, if you must use your iphone to shoot the photos, turn up the resolution.

Get them to stand or sit up, look for the sun to be coming at a 3/4 angle to the pet. Look for light in their eyes, a shadow on one side of the face and did I say no flash?

No props, bows, or costumes. If it’s a dog, take them out to their favorite place to run and snap a bunch of pictures, 6 being the minimum.

If you have an indoor cat, take the shots when they are in natural light, near a window.

Lately I’m using the feature where the camera takes high speed bursts. You’re bound to get a few that I can use.