Use the form below to send me a message. You can also use this form to submit photographs for any paintings you’ve requested.
Alternatively, if you prefer, you can contact me directly via email, or on Facebook Messenger / Instagram Direct
If you’d like to upload some photos of your pet you can do so below.
Submitting your photos
As I create my paintings from a photograph of your pet, a good pet portrait requires good reference materials to work from.
In a nutshell, the more a photo shows the true fur, colour and character of your pet, in the highest clarity and resolution possible, the more chance I'll have of capturing your pet's true likeness.
Here are a few tips which will help when choosing / taking photos of your pet to send to me:
- Photographs taken outside or by a large window are the best as they'll avoid unnatural lighting and colouring of your pet.
- Try to avoid a really sunny day as the sun will create big shadows on your pet. This in turn can make certain details hard to see, or cause your pet to squint if it's looking into the sun. The best sort of day for taking photographs is an overcast, bright day.
- Take the photographs of your pet at their level. This will avoid any distortion and unnatural poses. For a head and shoulder portrait a 3/4 pose often works best, rather than being completely face or side on. However if you want a slightly quirky pose that's ok too. At the end of the day, go with what best shows off your pet's character.
- Try to get as close to your pet as possible and fill the camera's view finder. This will ensure you get more of the subject than the background. Backgrounds can be added, but your pet is the focus and the most important part of the photo.
- Try and keep your pet in focus as this will give the maximum amount of detail and make painting the portrait easier as I can pick out the individual markings and details that make up your pet's character.
- What camera? In all honesty it doesn't really matter. Phone cameras have become so good in recent years that it's often difficult to tell pictures taken with them apart from those taken with a "proper" SLR camera. Whatever you use, make sure any photos are full resolution, and it's worth taking as many photos as possible.
- If you can't get your pet to sit still, try having a friend with you to tempt them with a treat or similar while you take the photo. Don't force it. If your pet gets restless take a breather and try again later. Above all, make it fun for both you and your pet. This will help to ensure a more natural response from them.
- If you think you've taken or found the perfect photo but there's a part of your pet that's obscured, or slightly out of the frame (a paw or ear tip for example), send me additional photos that show the missing part of your pet. I can never have too many photos to work from and it'll mean that I won't have to guess and risk getting it wrong.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.