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To do all of them in one portrait, you would need photos that all have the same general lighting. If (by some miracle!) you have a good photo of all four of them together, that would work. (I say “miracle” because one seems to always be looking down or moving in those group shots!) If not, and they are still around, see the advice below on taking new photos suitable for a group portrait.
If all the photos have different lighting, a great way to handle multiple pets is to do individual portraits but frame them together in a divided frame or a mat with multiple openings. You can also frame them separately, but hang them in a grouping.
Yes, I do. Though I find furry pet faces more fun (no offense to the humans out there -- I'm a human myself!), I am happy to talk with you about doing a human portrait. You can see some of my human portrait work here.
Yes, the cost is the same as a double pet portrait. (See price guide) Yes, I can do the two of you together. I discount additional subjects in one drawing/painting 30%.
To keep the same scale/level of detail as the portraits you see on this site, I’d recommend a larger size for two portraits, 12x16 inches. You could go as low as 9x12 if hanging space is at a premium, but there would be a trade-off in impact compared to the close-to-life-size (16x20 inch) without much cost savings.
Yes, since it is nearly impossible to get photos of two critters together without one of them moving, looking the wrong way, etc. It is best to have the same lighting conditions if you want them to look like they are sitting together naturally. That’s what I did with this portrait of the three kitties to the right.
The two on the right were actually sitting together in the photo, but the one on the left was added. I was able to find a photo that was lit from the same angle and she was even looking the same direction! Having a lot of photos to choose from helps, especially since this was done posthumously, so I didn’t have the option to take more photos.
One of the challenges of combining pets in a portrait is that the lighting is usually different on each. It helps to have plenty of photos, since I’ll often need to use the pose from one pic, but the lighting from another.
If you don’t have suitable photos already, my advice is to take them outside and just start shooting as many photos as you can from different angles. Most likely we’ll be able to pick suitable photos from the bunch (if you have a digital camera, this is pain-free, since taking a lot of photos doesn’t cost any more than taking one.). If you can get them to sit in the same spot, facing (roughly) the same direction with respect to the light (its OK if they are looking different directions, as long as the light is coming from the same angle), we’ll be sure to have something to work with.
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