Emma is here to help if you have any questions about how to get to best photo in your specific circumstances, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Sending Your Photos
If you’re sending lots of photos, you might want to send them using a free transfer service such as wetransfer. Simply enter your email, Emma’s email and select the photos and you’re done!
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Use the best camera you have access to (this might be your phone or a digital camera). Avoid using digital zoom (pinching to zoom in on your phone), as this lowers the resolution of the image.
Be sure to send Emma the full quality photos (see Sending Your Photos for more details).
Make sure the whole of your pet’s face (or whole body) is in the photo and that everything you want to be drawn can be seen, without it being too far away.
If you’re too close, you’ll chop off important facial features. Too far away, and there may not be enough detail in the subject’s face.
The cat in this example picture is a bit too far away, meaning that important details are lost.
Try to photograph your pet when they are sitting still to avoid blurry photos. Photos which are blurry or out of focus lose lots of detail, which may affect the outcome of the drawing.
This photograph example is too out of focus to recreate in a high level of detail.
Photos taken outdoors or in natural light are the next best thing after professional studio lighting. Avoid direct sunlight which causes strong shadows on the face, and make sure that the light isn’t coming from behind the subject (for example, avoid taking a photograph of your pet with a window behind them).
Although this example photo is taken in natural light, the direct sunlight has caused harsh shadows on this dogs face, which may not translate as well into a drawing.
Wide eyes and an alert expression with ears facing forward always works well.
Photographs taken at your pet’s eye level look more natural and translate well into portraits.
Some photographs may be very effective but won’t necessarily work so well as drawings. This photo of a happy dog captures their personality beautifully, but as it is taken from above, it could look strange as a drawing.
Photographing your pet outdoors can help to capture them at their most energetic moments, with excitement and alertness in their expression. Their eyes will be wider, and their ears alert. Photos near to a window can work well too!
This example picture is lovely, and could make a wonderful drawing, but only if a sleepy moment of rest captures your pet’s personality.
If you have printed photos, you can either scan them with a home scanner and email them to Emma, or you can post the prints to Emma. Please get in touch for more details about working from printed photographs.
Example of a great photo
Taken outdoors, in gentle natural light, and at the level of the subject, this pup looks relaxed and happy. The slightly sidewards angle of this dog’s body and face works really well compositionally, and a good portion of the frame is filled. The leash can be easily removed by Emma during the drawing process.
Example of a great photo
This headshot has been taken indoors next to a window, allowing daylight to light this cat naturally. The frame is nicely filled, and this ginger tom looks alert and characterful. No parts of his ears or face have been cropped out of the photo and the photograph is of a high resolution.