Usually I work from several photographs supplied by you. Think about your pet’s personality and how you want your pet to be portrayed. Your pet is unique – what makes him that way?
The photographs you send should be clear and the larger the picture the better, although if a beloved pet has passed away I should still be able to work from your available photographs.
– Digital cameras mean you can take lots of photographs without the expense of development fees. Out of many photos you might only get one or two that really captures the personality of your pet, so snap away! Extra photos also help me to determine the correct colour of your pet under different lighting conditions and hopefully see a little of your pet’s character!
– A ‘photo shoot’ should be fun. Treats come in handy when asking your pet to pose. If your pet doesn’t want to pose, don’t force her/him. You’ll get better photos if your pet is relaxed.
– Take photos over several days or weeks to get that special shot.
– Try asking someone to play with your pet or catch his attention whilst you take some photos. Dangling a toy in front of your pet in one hand and trying to hold a camera in the other is difficult (trust me I do it all the time!).
– Often you will get better photographs in natural light. Preferably take your pet outside, or next to a window. Very light coloured or dark animals are difficult to photograph as your camera will often over or underexpose the colour of your pet’s fur. Try to take photos of your pet with natural light falling onto it from the front.
– Getting down to your pet’s level to take photos usually results in the best photos, although rules are made to be broken – sometimes, photos from above can work too.
Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me your photographs at email@example.com, for my professional opinion.