|Tips on Photographing People and Pets
|Several of your favorite photographs are used to capture every detail of the person or pet's personality. Take many
pictures. This way you'll have many different angles and poses to choose from. If you're using a digital camera, use the
highest resolution setting on your camera. If you're photographing a pet, try to have someone hold the pet while you take
the photos. It's easier to take pictures when someone stands behind you and gets the pet's attention. Don't worry about
hands and arms in the picture, as these can be removed. Just try not to cover important details of the pet. Hold treats
near the camera while trying to capture the best pose. Try to get your pet's favorite expression. This will help identify their
personality and it will be obvious in the painting.
Get on the same level as your subject as photos taken from above can't be used for a portrait. Try to get as close as
possible and still get a clear picture. The background isn't important as this won't be added unless you desire a particular
backdrop for the painting. A closeup of the subject is what I'm looking for.
Lighting is very important. Taking a photo of your subject in natural lighting is best. Morning and mid to late afternoon
sun will create the best shadows. Don't use a flash as this can cause red eye. Try to get the light to shine on the
face to show all the features, and take several photos at different angles, not just directly in front of the subject. Photos
taken at an angle are much more interesting.
The eyes "make the painting." I work from several different photos, but the eyes are the most important feature and
capture the personality of your subject. Try to take several close shots of the head and eye detail.
The more photos I have to work with, the better the painting. Also, if I have good reference photos, there is less
guesswork involved and you will end up with a true likeness of your pet. It's always great to meet the subject in person, but
many times this can't happen because the client may live out of town. I work from the photos you provide but may borrow
pieces from other photos of the same person or pet. For example, for one client, he really liked the pose of his dog in one
photo but the dog's ears were turned back. I used the primary photo with the good pose and used the ears from another
photo to create a more pleasing portrait. The client was very happy with the end result. The more photos I have to work
with the better because I want you to be completely satisfied. I'll scan your photos and use the scans as reference so that
your photos will not be handled during the painting process. Unless, of course, they are digital photos. These can be sent
on disc or by email. All of this can be discussed further if you have any questions. One more thing...if you're interested in
having me take the photos for you, my hourly rate is $25/hr. minimum which includes travel time to and from your home
within a 20 mile radius of Wilmington, NC.
I hope these few photo tips helped. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. I look forward to working with you.