On this page you will find some information on taking a good photograph, guide prices for a pet portrait and some general information on the commission process.
In order to do a good portrait, I need a good photo. It doesn’t really matter whether you use a top-end camera or your mobile phone, so long as the following are all true:
- High Resolution. In order to get fine detail in your portrait, I need fine detail in the photograph. This means using the highest number of pixels or the maximum quality setting for your particular device. As a general rule, I need to be able to see sharp highlights in the eye and individual hairs on the face and body. To achieve this, the head and shoulders must fill the frame in the camera.
- Natural Light. If possible, take the photograph outside (but not in direct sunlight) or indoors by a large window. Avoid using any type of artificial light whatsoever, as they add unnatural colours to the fur which I will presume to be the actual colours.
- Eye Level. Take the photo at your pet’s eye level to avoid awkward angles or distorted perspective. But sometimes an upward or downward angle can add dynamism to a portrait and I’d be happy to review and advise in this respect.
- Sharp. Ensure your pet is still and you have focussed your camera correctly before taking the shot. Any movement will create blurriness which can reduce the amount of detail in the final portrait. An assitant with a treat or a favourite toy can be of great help here to ensure your pet stays absoutely still.
If you’re having trouble obtaining that perfect shot and you live within a reasonable distance from where I live, time permitting I’d happy to take some photographs for you. This optional service is chargeable at £1 per mile in advance.
The following are guideline prices for a single subject on a plain background. Additional subjects and complex backgrounds will incur an additional cost and I will give you an accurate quote before I start.
15cm x 20cm, 8″ x 6″
20cm x 30cm, 8″ x 12″
30cm x 30cm, 12″ x 12″
30cm x 40cm, 12″ x 16″
40cm x 60cm, 16″ x 20″
50cm x 50cm, 20″ x 20″
50cm x 70cm, 20″ x 28″
70cm x 100cm, 28″ x 40″
All commissions require a 50% deposit before work commences, with the balance payable on completion and to your satisfaction.
Framing & Shipping
An optional framing service is available once your portrait is finished. I use an excellent local framer who offers a wide range of mount and moulding options. Prices start at around £22 for an A4 (20x30cm) portrait.
Shipping will always be done via an insured service. I offer Next Day AM, 24 or 48 hour options with full insurance in the event of any mishaps. For an A4 portrait, prices start at around £15 for 48 hour delivery up to around £25 for the next working day before midday service.