~ REFERENCE PHOTOS ~
A great pet portrait starts with a decent photo
I paint my portraits with the visual aid of reference photos sent to me by
the client attached to an email, or by regular mail if they are prints.
Photo images sent to me can either be from a digital camera or can be scanned images from
printed photos (high-resolution scans are best). Emailing a photo is easy. Click here for a quick how-to.
To help you with selecting a photo for my painting reference, I provide some examples below as a guide.
(Note about hard-copy print photos: Since it is a remote possibility that a print photo sent through the regular mail could get lost, I ask that clients send duplicates of their original prints. A high-quality duplicate can be easily made from a print without the need for a negative at most photo processing centers. Any print photos sent to me through regular mail will be returned to the client by the time their portrait is completed.)
If it is preferred by the client, I can travel to photograph the subject myself if the subject for the portrait lives in or near the Portland, Oregon area, or I can travel further at client expense.
The photos submitted to me as reference images should provide enough detail for me to work with. If scanning print photos to send via e-mail, please scan them at a high resolution.