To create a portrait of your pet, it requires good quality reference photos to work from. Choosing high-quality photographs for each painting is what makes an average painting a truly spectacular one. I want to make sure that your finished portrait is the best it can be, and that it accurately reflects your pet’s unique personality.

I ask that you provide me with a  minimum of 3-4 photographs of your animal, with one chosen as the 'reference pose photo' - this is the photo I am going to work from. The other photographs are essential though to the process as I need them to get an overall impression of your pet. 

Below are a few important factors to consider when choosing the right reference photos:

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It's really important for me to gage your pets true personality so that I can honestly represent them in the paiitng. This is helped hugely if you can send through photographs that capture the character, along with a short paragraph containing their traits and quirks.  

Good Lighting 

Lighting is imperative, not only because so many dog breeds are only one block colour which makes creating form and structure more difficult and so lighting is imperative to create a shape to the dog and provide strong features. 

High definition/ sharpness 

I can only work with photographs of high quality and high resolution, no blurry photos will be accepted. The reason for this is I need to be able to capture your dog's looks and personality through the photograph and if there is a slight blurriness then I won't be able to work from them as I must be able to see all of the animal's features and definition to be able to create a quality piece of artwork. 

Close up, clear features 

Photographs that are taken from a long distance away, unfortunately, won't be accepted, as I need to see your dogs features up close to be able to portray important features such as eye colour, their facial expression,  ears, muzzle/ nose. 


It is helpful to send as many photographs that you think could work and we can decide together which would be most suitable. 

If you have any questions please contact me.

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