Pet Portraits by Deena offers hand-painted commissioned portraits of your beloved pets. Whether your pet is still with you, or lives on in your heart, an original pet portrait makes a wonderful gift and memento.
I specialize in dogs and cats, but can paint any type of animal. The style is realistic, a bit impressionistic, and my love of animals shows with the capture of the animal's essence. Background colors can be customized and multiple pets can be combined into one painting. Pet portraits make great gifts for animal lovers, or as a special commemoration of a departed pet. My goal is to provide my clients with the best possible portrait of their pets, something they will cherish forever.
I would love to do a custom portrait of your dog, cat, horse, whatever animal you have. I paint from photographs, so all I need is a digital photo e-mailed to me, one of a pose that you like, with good color and lighting. You may send more than one photo, and we can discuss which would make the best portrait. Extra photos have come in handy when the favorite pose has the animal’s ears cut out of the frame - I just copy the shape of the ears from another photo! Maybe another photo has better color - I take the best from them to make your portrait.
Please see the tips below to get the best possible photographs of your pet, so your custom pet painting will be the best likeness.
Paintings are done in acrylic on 8 x 10 inch canvas. They are either on canvas board or stretched canvas, and can easily be framed when you receive them. Larger size paintings can be done, with the price varying by size and complexity. I offer great communication and quick turnaround. Shipping is free. International orders are welcome.
It's important to have good photos of your pet for me to work from. Here are some tips to get the best possible pet photographs:
Many people love their pets and treat them like family. That’s why including dogs in photos or taking photos of dogs specifically has become so popular. Of course, snapping a shot of Fido is a little different than your traditional family photo, so you might be unsure of where to start. You’ll see all these characteristics when browsing professional dog stock photos. If you can stick to these guidelines, you’ll take great photos of dogs, even if you’re not a professional. Of course, proving yourself as a pet photographer can also mean repeat business.
Keep Them Comfortable
Dogs can feel uncomfortable in strange situations. Even if you go to the client’s home, you’re still a stranger. With people, you can direct them to do what you like and stand where you direct, but dogs are different. To help them feel more comfortable, go to them. Getting down to a dog’s level can also help you take better photos. It’s completely different to view a pet eye to eye than from above or afar. If you can snap a shot of the world from the dog’s point of view, it produces a memorable picture.
Use your long lens to get a close-up of the dog’s face. Pictures that depict the details of a beloved’s pet facial features and fur are especially memorable, especially because we so rarely see our pets that close up. Natural lighting is one of the easier ways to show those details. The way diffused sun shines off of a cat or dog’s fur a breathtaking glow, and natural shadows add depth to a photo.
Focus On the Eyes
Just like with humans, eyes are important. Your photos should show eyes in crisp focus. Of course, eyes should be clear, and a gaze directed toward the camera help to produce better photos.
Portray the Dog’s Personality
Some dogs are thoughtful and serious. Others are shy. Some like to play. No two dogs are exactly alike, and this gives you the opportunity to show the dog in a light that actually represents the character of someone’s pet. Instead of trying to force a dog to sit still, take a few quick shots of the pup doing what she loves best. This practice is evident in the great royalty free stock photos of dogs and pets.
Pick the Right Time
Depending on a pet’s personality, you may want to show them active and energetic. Visiting during the middle time is ideal to capture those moments. On the other hand, if you want a more gentle shot, you can schedule your shoot appointment after the dog’s natural sleep cycle. Sleepy pets are often more docile and easy to handle.
Furthermore, you may need to set aside extra time when working with pets like dogs because animals can be erratic and hard to control. The longer time you have, and the more patient you are, the more likely the dog will relax.
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