Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Barclay Brown Artistry

Photo tips and tricks

Pet Photos

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Pet Portrait Paintings produce a work of art that takes portrait photography to the next level. The artistic version utilizes pet photography for its reference points.  It's an amazing transformation of the photo(s) into a painted rendition that has a dynamic artistic value for the viewer.  Any pet can create great canvas art.  Below you will find some tips to achieve the best results when you take your photos. 

 This step should not be rushed. Sit down with your pet and explain why you are taking the photos and answer all your pets questions before you begin.   Have an eye level photo session with your pet, take photos at different angles and be creative to pick a photo that will make a great portrait painting that you like.  Take a number of photos in the photo session, your pet is your model.  More photos will give you more choice.  This may take more than one day, don't get frustrated with your subject matter.  If your model is not in the mood for a photo session, simply set it a side and come back to it at a different time.  The more effort you put into the photo session the better end result you will achieve. 


Photo Tips and Tricks

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The following are good examples of photos that would make ideal submissions for painted portraits. Notice how the frame is filled and details of the face can be seen for the artist to paint out.   Many of the examples presented on this website have the classical sitting portrait style pose; don't be limited by any one particular pose you see, feel free to be creative with your photos and take several photos of your pet, utilize props if you like such as favorite pillows etc.

If you have a good photo that you like but you don't like the lighting or you cut off a portion of the portrait such as the ear you can sent other supporting photos.   Please see the Pet Portrait Gallery Page for more examples.  Photos taken outside without a flash provide the best lighting conditions.  If you are having difficulty capturing your subject matter's attention, hold a squeaky toy by the camera lens. Try to be at eye level with your subject matter - this can help provide best results.  Set your camera to a higher or its highest resolution to capture the facial details. If the continuous shooting mode is set on your camera, the shutter keeps firing for as long as you depress the shutter button, and this will provide you many photos to chose from. 


Poor Photos for Portraiture

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The photos below are poor examples that would not provide a good result.  Some of the limitation noted below include the following:

  • Poor resolution quality
  • Limited facial detail;
  • Too much distance for the type of camera utilized;
  • Uneven lighting circumstances limiting facial detail
  • Standing over your pet to take the photo - Eye level is much better​
  • Trying to rush the photo session