Well it doesn’t look like Spring is happening just yet with a light snowfall and sub zero temperatures outside, so the studio assistant has decided that she may as well carry on with her hibernation studies. She’s very good at dozing … not so much at assisting in the studio … but she knows where her strengths lie!
When I undertake a commission, I’m often sent photos that prove to be a bit of a challenge! In order to get the best result for a pet portrait, a good sharp image is really important and also if the person can get down to the dog or cat’s eye level, all the better. I usually kneel or even lie on the floor and wait for the animal to settle (following an investigative sniff or rub of the camera by the model!)
Three or four different poses (including a close-up of the head) are usually enough for me to see how the fur lies, the colour of the eyes and the contours of the animal’s head and body. Sleeping animals also make a lovely composition for a painting – and ensures a sharp, blur free image!
Here are a couple of examples of good photos which resulted in realistic portraits.