A dog is the only thing on earth that
loves you more than he loves himself.
Passionate about pets
Welcome to Tuppence&Co. I’m a designer, artist and believer of being true to myself and others in everything I do. Along the twists and turns of life, pets have grounded me with their unbridled affection and loyal companionship. It is here that I immersed myself in a passion for pet portraiture and Tuppence&Co. was born.
After many years as a professional digital artist, I've successfully created numerous designs to capture my client's pets personalities while simultaneously creating a harmonious, complimentary and truly unique artwork for their home. These pieces capture their character, heart and soul. All work is overseen by my Studio Managers Tuppence-Chi and Phoebe-French, who are perfectionists like myself!
Simone Macdonald / Designer & Founder of T&Co. (pictured with Paris-French)
Supplying the 'pawfect' photo.
Creating pawfect photos
Put your best paw forward and see the tips below on how to take your fur friend's best photo. In simple terms, the better the photo supplied, the better the result. If you have an existing photo that you would like considered, contact us via email and we can assess it's viability. We suggest you use the best quality camera you have available.
TIPS TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR PET
01. Take your pet's photo at 'eye level'
Elevate your pet safely or lower yourself down, so that you are at 'eye level'. This creates the best angle and least amount of distortion. They do not necessarily have to be looking directly at you.
02. Ensure your photo is in 'focus'
Having your photo in focus ensures the best possible rendering of your fur child's details, especially their eyes and fur. If possible, do not use a filter that has selective focus as it will blur out important details.
03. Use a 'neutral background'
As animals have intricate fur, the best kind of back drop is a clean, neutral (preferably white to mid grey) background to capture this. A neutral background can easily be achieved by sitting your dog against a white t-shirt, sheet, wall, door, etc.
04. Create an 'expression'
Use a favourite toy or treat to get your pet's attention. Snap 'multiple' photos to allow for any blinking and movement.
05. Keep your photo 'full frame'
Make sure you keep your subject in full frame, this will ensure you don't cut off any ears or features that you want to appear in your portrait. You may choose to take some extra photos up close of the neck and head as well as full body shots.
06. Lighting is key
Ensure lighting is bright and even. Have your fur child face directly towards a window if indoors, or towards the direction of the sun if outside.Avoid any harsh side shadows, especially on the face. Highlights will appear in both eyes if your angles are right.
EXAMPLE OF AN IDEAL PHOTO
This is an excellent example of how to supply your photo. The subject's face and ears are in frame, he is on a clean, white background and has bright frontal lighting without any harsh shadows.
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