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How to Commission a Pet Portrait

Commissioning your own treasured pet portrait is easy! Once I have seen your photos and we have discussed your portrait, you are ready to place your order. If you have any questions along the way, fill out the contact form and I will be happy to help!

Step 1: Choose your photos

This is a very important step! Review my photography tips to help you select the photo that will help me create the best portrait of your beloved pet.

Step 2: Choose a Pet Portrait Package

Step 3: Contact me

Once you have decided on your photos and selected a Pet Portrait Package, complete this form so we can discuss your portrait. 

Pet Portrait Packages

  • ​All portraits include acid free double matting mounted on a backing board.

  • Your matted portrait will fit in a standard frame.

  • Framing is not included.

  • Backgrounds are white unless requested otherwise. Ask me to quote a different paper color, watercolor backgrounds or to draw other items with the portrait. 

  • All portraits receive a Certificate of Authenticity.

  • $50 non-refundable deposit required to hold your place.

  • Please see my Terms and Conditions for more information regarding your commission.

Photography Guide

A large, high resolution photograph with excellent detail is the key to creating your successful portrait. The better the photo the better your portrait!

I will work from one photo to draw the portrait. However, I like to have other photos of your pet for reference. It can be helpful to have close ups of the facial features even if they are not quite from the same angle. 

If you want a multiple pet family portrait, you may submit a group photo or separate images. If the pets are in separate photos, I will need to see a photo that gives me a size comparison to one another. 

If you have trouble selecting your photos, send them via email and I can help you make a selection. 

Tips for selecting your portrait photo
  • Can you see the eyes and nose clearly and with good detail?

  • Does the photo show the true fur color?

  • Can you see the direction the fur is laying? 

  • Does the photo capture the pet's personality?

Tips for taking photos 
  • Take the photo in natural light so your pet is well lit. Details are hidden if the photo is too dark and they disappear if the photo is too light. 

  • Avoid flash if possible. Your pet's true fur color may not be accurate with flash lighting, detail can be lost and the dreaded red-eye can flare its ugly head.

  • Fill the frame with your pet so the photo can be enlarged and I can see details.

  • If you can, move closer to your pet to capture the photo rather than using the zoom function. 

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