Contemporary Pet Portraits and Family Portraits
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Having a portrait commission undertaken is special, I want to make sure that you are absolutely delighted with the final image.

Your photos are critical to the process, I'm happy to look at as many as you'd like to choose the one I feel will work the best.

Here are some of the most important considerations.


1. Image resolution. For all portraits the better the resolution of the image the more information I have to work from to achieve the likeness.

2. Make sure all features can be clearly seen (harsh lighting can often throw the eyes into deep shadow - which is no good at all!)

3. Think about using images where the people are at an angle rather than straight on, it makes for a much more interesting portrait, so semi profile, or looking up to the camera - these all work really well.

4. Smiles! Most images I am sent are front-on big smiley photos. This is fine of course, but it doesn't necessarily make for the best portrait, personally I love the more quiet reflective poses, they are more true to the nature of classic portraiture. Another important reason is that actually big teethy smiles can be tricky in this style, it can be hard to really capture a smile in such a pared down linear style. Teeth cannot be 'drawn' as such, trust me they look truly awful! Lips are soft shapes that blend into the surrounding flesh so again they can't be drawn in with solid line.

Softer smiles with less teeth or just neutral expressions can be the most beautiful portraits - just something to consider!

5. Age of sitter. Yes this really does make a difference. As in my point above, I am working purely in line, soft plump baby faces really have very little as such to draw but as a child grows older the features become more defined, once they reach say toddler stage they just work better as subjects for this style of portrait.



1. The resolution and quality of the lighting in the photograph is much more important here. If you want to see the lovely reflections of the coat and the beautiful sparkle of the eyes they have to be clearly visible in the photo.

2. Pose. These portraits are much more successful if there is some angle to the pose. What I mean is that it's really good to see some definition of the jawline going into the neck. If the image is taken straight on sometimes the face just appears to blend straight down into the neck which gives a much less satisfactory result.


I am always happy to advise on the suitability of images, so please do just get in touch.



All prints come unframed currently - though it may be something I am able to offer in the future.