Pet Portraits and Rock Designs

FAQ's

What if my pet has passed away?

Send me as many photos as you can even if you think the photo isn't clear enough. The more images I have, the more accurate the portrait will be. When I receive the photos I can then discuss details with you like correct colouring, etc. 

how should i send the photos?

Email is best as digital images are usually clearer than a printed photo and you don't have the risk of losing the photos in the post. If you have digital images but don't have email then we can discuss options.  If you only have printed photos then you can post them to me.  I will take very good care of your photos and return them with the portrait.   

how long will it take?

I like to allow 4-5 weeks for traditional portraits and 3-4 weeks for rock portraits. If it is for a gift and there are time constraints, then I will do my best to have it finished for you but this does depend on orders I have at the time. 

My cut off time for Xmas orders is the end of October.  This allows time to complete commissions before Xmas.

Pricing

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TRADITIONAL PORTRAITS

30cm x 21cm (10" x 12")

  • Head and shoulders -   $130
  • Full Body - $150
  • Larger Size - POA
  • More than one pet - POA


Framing is not included in the above prices.

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ROCK PORTRAITS ("rock stars")

Sizes vary depending on availability of rocks but are usually around 12cm   


  • Rock Portrait  - $90
  • Pet beds - $7 

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POT PORTRAITS

 Portrait of your pet on a terracotta pot

  • 16cm pot - $75


Photo Tips

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  • The perfect pet portrait photo is taken at eye level with your pet.
  • Don't stand looking down at your pet as this distorts the image.
  • Get down on your knees or lie on the ground and look into your pet's eyes.   You can also put your pet on a chair or table if that is easier to get an eye level shot. 
  • The eyes are the most expressive part of an animal’s face, so if you want to create really engaging portraits, focus on the eyes and facial expressions. A well-timed puppy whine (from you) can reel in focus in a puppy or curious dog, and have them staring straight at the camera faster than you can say cheese.


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  • Take some shots from a side view as well, but again make sure you are at eye level.
  • Take some full body shots to show markings and colouring.
  •  Good light is everything in photography, especially in pet photography, where it’s critical to be able to see the catchlights in the pet’s eyes (the white reflective parts). Avoid photographing in dark rooms or under heavily overcast days. Bright yet diffused light is the easiest to create flattering pet portraits under, so before you even start shooting, take a look around your  environment and determine where the best bright, yet diffused light is; then move to that location. 

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  •  Don't crop off body parts like ears.    
  •  Avoid indoors with a flash as this causes red eye and alters colouring.  
  •  Background is important - avoid white or very light backgrounds as this can under expose the photo. Darker backgrounds are best.    
  • Take some photos with the portrait in mind, i.e. an expression you like.