Pet Photography Tips


Your pet portrait should be more than a reproduction of an animal.  You want the portrait to express the emotions and personality of your pet.  Take photos of your pet doing what he/she loves to do.  Your goal is a good clear photo that truly captures the personality and character of your pet.



1.  TAKE TIME.  Don't expect to get the perfect photo at the first session.  Take lots of photos over a two week period to get yourself and your pet comfortable with the process.


2.  HAVE FUN!  Be playful.  Offer treats.  Talk with your pet.  Be patient.  If you make your photos session fun for both you and your pet, the photos will reflect your joy.


3.  USE NATURAL LIGHT.  Early morning or late afternoon create beautiful shadows that help show the true colors in your pet's fur.  If you must film indoors, do it next to a large window.


4.  SUBJECT'S EYE LEVEL.  Get down on their level to avoid distortion.  This will help the images show lots of details.  Take photos from various angles.


5.  DON'T USE FLASH.  A flash will wash out the colors of your pet's fur and eyes, blocking the window to the soul.




7.  KEEP THE EYES SHARP.  The eyes of your pet will be a window to your pet's personality and help express the character of your pet.


8.  BACKGROUNDS.  Don't be concerned with backgrounds, other pets or people in the photo.  They can be cropped out.


9.  DON'T EVALUATE YOUR PHOTOS DURING THE PHOTO SESSION.  Amazingly beautiful portraits develop from photos that, once cropped, reveal the soul of the animal.


After your photo session, send me several photos. A variety of several poses and situations.  Don't judge them.   I'll crop them and print them.


We will discuss them (by phone or email) to select the photo that best expresses your pet's personality. 


I'll ask you to tell me about your animal ~ personality, temperment ~ stories about your pet.  This will help me bring your animal to life on the canvas.


The final photo chosen will be the one used for the oil painting portrait, but the other photos will assist me in capturing the colors and flow of the fur, the face, the eyes, the characteristics that are specific to your pet.


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

           Anatole France

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

         Mahatma Gandhi

"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source."

                  Doris Day

"Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.  They love me all the time, no matter what.  Their love, companionship and loyalty are why I have such deep faith in God.  They are God's love in cute, chubby bodies.  Dogs are umbilical.  Dogs are first responders.  Dogs never betray you or hurt your feelings."

    Anne Lamott, author