Commissions

Commissions

All Portraits are produced in pastel, preferably from photographs taken by myself as this helps me appreciate the character of the animal which comes across in the portrait, more details below. However i will accept supplied photos if they meet certain requirements as detailed below.

I will travel and photograph your animal myself, though charges will depend on the distance I have to travel. Finished portraits are supplied professionally mounted in a neutral colour. Other bespoke options are available on request.  If your commission is for somebody’s Birthday or Christmas present I always aim to produce them in time for these special dates. However please order well in advance if there is a deadline to work to!
Feel free to contact me about your requirements.

Prices

I always find it hard to cost, as every portrait is unique.

As a guide:

Cat Portraits 16x12inch - from £200

A Dog head & shoulders portrait approx 16x12inch - from £250

A Horse head & neck portrait 16x12inch - from £295

A full body dog portrait 16x12inch - from £280

A full body horse portrait 16x12inch - from £300

Acrylic paintings 20x16 inch - from £395

Portraits are done on a professional Colourfix Card and are supplied mounted on a backing board, with an off white mount to the front. Paintings are done on 20x16 inch professional box canvasses.

Prints of your portrait can also be done at a cost of £35 each +P&P. These are supplied mounted also. Prints will only be supplied to the person who commissions the portrait. No other prints of your portrait will be produced.

Special commissions and group portraits of multiple animals will be priced on request.
Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email to discuss your specific requirements

Photo Requirements

Filling the frame

It is best to take the photographs as close up as possible and to fill the viewfinder. Also, if you have a favourite pose that you can capture, then that's even better at helping to create a portrait that is truly typical
of your pet.

Lighting

Natural light is always best rather than using a flash. This can easily be achieved by being outside or by a window. Also remember to face away from the sun to avoid making your pet squint. If you have to take your photo indoors, then choose a light room near the window. Try to avoid using the flash, as this will cause red eye in your photo and could bleach out the natural colours of your pet.

Camera Positioning

Most important - the best position to take the photo is to be at the same level as the pet. Photos pointing down can look odd and unnatural. If necessary lie down to make sure you are at eye level.

Pet Portrait Photography

To be able to visit and take photos myself is the most favoured process, as I have professional equipment and I know what I am looking for. I am then able to take as many photos as is needed, so I can be assured that I have captured the details - for example especially important are the eyes. If you are sending your own photos through, the quality of the portrait and its detail will be dependent on  the quaility of your pictures.