Choosing a reference photograph is very important because it will reflect the quality and accuracy of the finished portrait. In my experience, clear outside photographs work the best. Try and be eye level with your pet to help give them a natural pose. Feel free to send me multiple photographs, this can help me see details that your favorite pose/photo does not have. This means I can pick and choose details where the main reference photo is lacking, giving you the full effect.
It is however understandable that when your pet has past away, these photos are hard to find. This is still not a problem, I will do everything to help you get the best portrait with the photos you already have.
This is also true for those naughty pets that are too hyper or are camera shy.
Cats are well know to turn their face just as you press for the perfect shot. Dogs are very happy to wag their tails and move at the slightest thought of walkies.
A favorite toy or snack can be a great way to get their attention. Some animals need to get used to the camera first, new objects can upset or excited your pet, and finally a great tip for dogs is to whisper 'walkies' or 'cats' to help prick those ears up for that perfect shot.
I am always here to help just send me a message for some advice, and if I am local to you, I have been known to come and help with the photography too.
Clear and High Quality outdoor photos which accurately represent the colours of your pet's eyes and coat.
Try and be eye level with your pet.
Keep the camera still and let it focus on your pets face.
Try to avoid:
Blurry or Dark photos with cropped ears or parts of the face.
Try not to take photos with dark backgrounds, especially if your pet has a dark coloured coat.