Pet portraits make perfect gifts
90% of my pet portraits are ordered as gifts for a family member or friend.
Pet portraits make perfect gifts. I’m constantly finding it hard to buy gifts for people who ‘have everything’. A gift is a token of your love for someone, buying meaningful items can sometimes be hard to do. I am always on the look out for a gift that means something, a present that has that personal touch. A gift that doesn’t cost the earth, but can mean a huge amount.
Pets, whether that’s a cat, dog or even a rat (yes I’ve even illustrated 2 rats!) have characters and personalities, they’re our companions through the ups and downs of life, we build a huge emotional bond with them. Every day we wake up they are there, never questioning, never complaining. We not only see this bond in ourselves but we also see it in others. Family and friends who become totally attached to their pets. That’s why Pet portraits make perfect gifts.
Ease of ordering:
Giving a pet portrait as a gift is incredibly simple. All I need are a few photos of the pet in question. For the illustrated style pet portraits with the pets name in the title, I can work from Facebook and Instagram photos. This makes it really easy to get hold of pictures of friends or family members pets without them realising you are doing so. The painted pet portraits do require a higher resolution and I would request photos that had been taken in a good, bright area. Natural day light is always best. Daylight also helps me determine the colour of the pets coat and eyes.
Taking your photos for pet portraits:
Smart phone cameras are great for taking photos, and are ideal if you are trying to get a couple of snaps in secret. It is also a really good idea to try and get the whole of the pet in the portrait unless you would just like a head portrait like this one of Dolly. I always suggest getting low down to take the photo of a pet, you can see examples of work on my website www.jamespetportraits.com that the most successful are at pet height. This avoids foreshortening of the body and gives a good area to write the names of the pets in the portrait if you are after that style.