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As a pet owner I understand the importance of capturing not just the image of your friend, but the personality and character. When choosing your photographs, try to make them as clear as possible. Natural daylight is always best. This is particularly important when it comes to dark pets. I have two black dogs myself and find that in the wrong light, all I get from the photo is shine and redeye.

If you're taking the photos from scratch, getting your pet to pose is the first hurdle. Dogs often prove easier with this as they are treat/toy focussed. Cats are a little trickier, so I try to keep the camera handy for a while, so I can make the most of any opportunity. It's so annoying to see the perfect shot, move to get the camera and find the animal has moved or left.

What is the photo is not clear, but it's the pose you want ... don't panic. Send me additional pictures and I can see the markings and character, making the best of both.

Group Shots

Let's say you have two dogs, but can't get them to focus when together. Take individual photos instead, next to the same marker (eg chair) and I can combine them in the same portrait.

Norman&Myrtle

All pasel portraits are completed on high quality colour patel paper, with a wide range of palette choice to ensure there is one that will compliment your friend perfectly. Once I see the phot, there will be at least three colours suitable. You can then decide which you would prefer, or you can trust me to make the choice for you. We can discuss all this before I begin the portrait.

ONE SUBJECT Pastel Graphite
10 x 8 £85 £65
14 x 12 £110 £85
18 x 14 £135 £105
22 x 16 £160 £125

Sizes

Not sure what the sizes actually mean. Well the 10x8 is approx A4, the 14x12 approx A3.

The Process

A 50% non refundable deposit is required to start the order. Digital photos can be emailed or posted to me on disk. Any hardcopy photographs will be treasured and returned to you with the completed portrait.

Allow 3-6 weeks for completion. Specific dates (ie for a special occasion) can be agreed at the time of ordering. Christmas deadlines however are tight. Dependant on workload, the latest is October as I have to operate a first order basis.

Please add £3.50 per picture for postage & packing (UK Mainland). Overseas postage is quoted on an individual basis.

Graphite works come with a standard mount for stability and packed in flat hardback. While Pastel work is sent in flat boxes, both ways ensure safe transit.

All portraits are sent by First Class Mail.

TWO + SUBJECTS TWO + SUBJECTS Pastel Graphite
14 x 12 £132 £102
18 x 14 £162 £126
22 x 16 £192 £150
26 x 18 £222 £174

EXTRA

Due to their popularity, there is now an extra bonus. Each commission comes with three 4x6 OR 5x7 greeting cards of your image. These are exclusive to yourself and not printed for the public. Further card prints can be ordered of your image at a discounted rate.

NEW OFFER

Place the order at the same time as your commission and you can have a mug printed of your beloved friend. These are at a special rate of £5.50.

(If the commission is to be posted, there is an additional postal charge of £4 for the mug).

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