Nigel

(an artist)

How To Take Photos For Portraits

Photography for portraits has to be sharp (in focus), well lit but without flash (outside shots are best), with no red eye, no heavy shadows and not overexposed so that nuances of colour are lost (even with black and white portraits). They should also be as close up as possible, with the animal filling the photograph without much in the way of background.

Additional photographic information is always useful to help inform a portrait, so some shots from around the animal whilst in a similar pose are a good idea.

Do please note that the photos you supply to me do need to be good quality and quite large size. Photos taken/sent by camera-phone can often be too small to work from. If unsure, please send me an example photo for discussion.

I can come and take the photographs for you if required but I do have to make an extra charge for this. This charge is totally dependent upon travelling time and circumstances: for example, if I can work in more than one customer in an area that makes things cheaper. Feel free to contact me to talk this over.

Poses

As you are commissioning a portrait rather than a photograph I do not recommend 'funny' or unusual poses. A photograph is best for these types of picture. However, a pose that reflects an animal's character is good.

To give some idea, the following poses are always successful: a tilt of the head for 'sweetness'; ears pricked up for intelligence; if it is small, then if the animal is looking up this imparts a sense of vulnerability; a view square-on gives a feeling of boldness. Feel free to contact me to discuss this if you are unsure.

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