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Image Guidelines with Examples

The most important part of your order is the quality of the image you upload. The quality of the image you upload will directly affect your final portrait.  Remember to make sure the photo you upload shows your pet looking like you want them to look in the final portrait, because it will be the only reference the artist will have of your pet. 

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• The picture should be evenly lit so that you can see details in the eyes, nose, fur or other skin and special markings unique to your pet. 

• Try to take the photo at eye level with your pet, or from above but keeping a focus on their face.

• Think about how you want it to look when made into a portrait. It can be fun or serious, but make sure it shows your pet in the way you want to see it in the final portrait.
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• Photos should have detail of your pets face and features. Avoid photos that have areas that are so dark or over exposed that details are eliminated. Also, make sure your  you pet is in focus within the image.

Not sure how to accomplish this? Check out our Full Image Guidelines, Examples, and Tips. 
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We do many portraits of pets that have passed away, so we understand it's not always possible to follow all of the guidelines. In those situations we will do everything we can to make the photos you have available work.

If you have questions about the images you would like to use for your portrait, please email your images to us, and we can help determine which images will work best.


Below are additional examples of photos that would work well for a portrait.

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  • Shoot against a plain or uncluttered background. 

  • Strong, direct light can sometimes wash out your black furry subject, so diffused lighting is best.

  • Lighting from an angle is always best. Something to show off the definition of your pets features.

  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you know their personality. Try to capture that by taking the photo someplace they are comfortable and can be themselves with you.

  • Treats… Use treats to keep your pet’s attention while you are shooting. You can direct where they look, and get the best part of their personality to shine through.