Friday, 25 May 2012 23:29

Pet Photography Tips


To order your custom watercolor Pet Portrait by Phyllis please click here.

Phyllis' pet portraits are custom pieces painted from photos supplied by our customers, the photos do not need to be professionally composed, cropped or lit.  To create a successful portrait, I need is a well-lit photograph, IN FOCUS, that shows your pet's markings and coloring. Natural light works best – but you can use a flash to help create additional highlights on a black pet.

Clear and close-up are the key things to remember. If your pet has some specific marking that makes them unique, make sure you mention it in your contact e-mail and that it shows in the photo the way you’d like it to.

It is always best of you take the photograph at the eye level of your pet, sit down in front of your dog when they are relaxed, and happy.  Photographs with your pet looking directly at the camera make great portraits, although shots of your dog looking up adoringly at you can work well, too.  The eyes are very so important – please make sure they are visible!

Have a friend or family member help you. Your assistant can do the dog wrangling, and you can snap the picture when the pose is right. The sound of a crinkling cellophane wrapper will often get your dog to prick up his/her ears and a treat will really help them focus on you.  You can have your assistant hold the treat over your head to make them look at you. 

I can correct minor photographic problems, for instance, fix an improperly flopped ear, remove a bandana, or work around flash-reflective eyes.  It's difficult to create a great portrait from a shot that is blurry or deeply shadowed.

Finally, I prefer to have several images of your pet to get his personality, so please send me as many as you can, but make sure that you have at least one with really clear eyes and one in the position that you wish for your pet to be painted.


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Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:56

Create Your Own Custom Tiles

Create Your Own Custom Art With a Photograph of YOUR Family, Pet, Favorite Place, Art, Logo, Business Card, Pet Portraits or ANYTHING you can think of.

Create a unique piece of your own art by placing YOUR image on our tiles.  This unique and personal art piece will capture your style in a new way.  Each of the different options make a fun gift for any occasion.  

Put your favorite vacation photos on coasters, so you can remember the fun you experienced every time you put your drink on them.

The perfect wedding or anniversary gift, put the wedding couple's picture on any of the surfaces to create something they are sure not to have or give your wedding guests a unique keepsake with a picture of the wedding couple on a magnet or ornament.

Great gifts for the holidays, use photos of your friends and have us make something they can use and remember you by always.

We can put any image onto a variety of surfaces, our most popular options are listed below.  If you have an idea that you don't see please give us a call and we can work with you to make your art a reality.  We can put your picture onto a wide range of materials including things that you may have. 

Please select what you would like your picture printed on and then email your image at 300dpi to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Most orders will be finished within 1-2 weeks, we will call you if it will take longer.

Some of the possibilities:

Stone Coasters

Stone Coaster Options

Foam Coasters

Picture Options



Tile Options

Cutting Boards




Size Options



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