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Choose a bright, cloudy day rather than bright sunlight, as this creates very harsh contrasts, washes out colours, and makes it hard to get a flattering photo. The light on a bright cloudy day gives more saturated colours, and more moderate shadows and highlights. Position your pet so that no building or tree shadows are falling on them.
Try to avoid using a flash if possible, but if you have no choice, position the camera flash so that it lights up the room, rather than facing it directly at your pet. Use a white umbrella or large piece of card to reflect the light from the flash towards your pet, instead of directly at your pet.
An example of a photo that makes life a bit difficult - it was taken indoors using a flash. This caused
the eyes to reflect and flare, and made the black coat very flat. But don't despair if you can't obtain a great
professional shot to send me - you'd be amazed what I can still extract from the photo. It's also a great help
to learn more about the dog's personality, as was the case with this portrait.
This photo made it easier to produce a quality portrait. There's plenty of detail in the light areas, and the dog's
expression is very cute, which suits her personality.
And finally: if your pet has passed away, or if you're surprising a friend, and the
"not the best" photos you have are the best you can get, send them to me anyway,
and I will do my best to produce a quality portrait for you. See below to compare
a typical reference image and the finished portrait.