It all starts with a GREAT (not an “okay,” not even a “good”) photograph.
We don't have the pleasure of meeting your pet. All we know about him or her is what you tell us, and what we can see in the photograph(s) you provide. It makes sense, then, that the photo you give us must be as high-resolution, and as indicative of your pet's personality and physical characteristics, as possible. Additional close-up photographs of the pet's eyes or other important features are appreciated.
Make sure your pic is high-resolution. If you're not sure, open your camera and click on its "settings" menu. (The manual that came with your phone or camera will explain this if it is not obvious on your screen.)
As to the composition of the picture, be sure to focus on your pet's head and shoulders as this is what our portraits capture. Get up close to your pet to really narrow in on his or her facial features. Backgrounds are not as important as the pet itself, since these are not typically included in the portrait.
It is most critical that your photograph accurately displays your pet's eyes, nose and mouth in detail. And, be certain your photo shows the facial expression you want in the portrait.
The accuracy of the resulting portrait relies in large part on the photo(s) you provide. Please fully acquaint yourself with the above listed tips before taking and submitting your picture(s). And, study the samples below for even more insight into what makes a great pet photo:
What the heck are “bespoke” pet portaits?
We produce custom pet portraits. These are not traced and colored-in copies of your photos, nor are they created using photo editing or other computer programs. Each portrait is a one-of-a-kind piece of art - or, as our ancestors commonly said, bespoke.
Our portaits are created in the USA - and why that matters.
In an effort to pump out product and keep costs as low as possible, it is common for many businesses - even portrait companies - to farm out their work to underpaid, overseas workers. We NEVER do that.
But, back to you. Here's what you receive:
A “portrait” is defined as a head-and-shoulders pose of one pet.
Our portraits are 8"x10". Please note this is the paper size on which your portrait is created. Portraits are presented with a larger, archival-quality mat making them ready for hanging in any standard size frame.
The cost is $145 which includes shipping in the U.S., sales tax and an 11" X 14" acid-free mat.
A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required when you order the portrait. The $70 balance must be paid prior to delivery of the completed portrait.
Our typical turnaround time.
Pet portraits are typically completed within three weeks. If longer turnaround times are expected, this will be explained at the time of your order.
Because certain times of year are much busier than others, we highly recommend that you contact us (using the form at the bottom of the page) to discuss giving a pet portrait as a gift. We want to ensure that your portrait arrives in time for your special occasion. If outstanding orders indicate that we can't fulfill your order in time, we also want to be honest about disclosing that fact.
Ready to place your order?
We would love the opportunity to create your pet portrait. If you feel you have enough information to proceed, please complete and submit our order form.
PLEASE NOTE! Neither our order form nor our contact form requires you to provide any financial or credit card information. If you choose to order your pet portrait by credit card/PayPal, your information will be submitted directly to PayPal using their secure, encrypted system.