The photography that I work from:
Iwork from a photos so it is very important that I get good clear photographs.....
I have done my own photography through the years so that I could be sure and get good pictures to work from, so I will describe how you can take photos of your pet to send to me, or find some that will work:
1. Go through all your photos of your pet and select your favorites.
2. Then look through those and select ones with good lighting and sharp detail and a photo that reflects your pet's personality.
3. I would like to have more than one photo to look at which helps bring your pet to life for me, and I can combine details from several photos.
4. Maybe you will decide to take some photos of your pet especially for this portrait; What I mean by "good lighting" is taking photos in a bright but shady spot, or outdoors on a cloudy day, or indoors near a window without direct sunlight.These photos are preferable to flash photos (flattens out the subject) or direct sunlight (shadows are too harsh and detail is hidden).
5. Make sure the shot is not blurry.
6. I find that I have to take a LOT of pictures and there will probably be only a couple that will be just right.
7. No matter how charming the photograph, if it's not CLEAR in the detail, it makes it very hard for me to work from. I will let you know after I see your photos whether or not it will be enough for me to be able to work from.
Other photography tips:
Get as close as you can or zoom in.
Try to take photos from a low angle so you are about eye level with your pet.
Take a lot of photos at different angles: straight on, 3/4 view, from the side, full body....
Take digital pictures at the highest resolution you can. I can use the digital files, no need to print them out.