how to commission a portrait

It all starts with a favourite photo of a much-loved pet…

Using your image or images as a reference, I get to work creating a memorable portrait that captures the unique personality of your pet.

Questions?

How do I commission a custom pet portrait?

First, email me heatherillustrates@gmail.com a few photos of your pet. I’ll get back to you right away and let you know which photo I think will work best for your custom portrait, along with the price.

What kinds of animals can you make portraits of?

Dogs and cats, of course…but also birds, rabbits, horses, your prize bull…you name it!

What photos work best?

The clearer and sharper the image, the better the portrait. Set your camera or smartphone camera to a large-format setting.

How long does it take?

My portraits take about two weeks to complete. A few proofs will be sent to you by email for your approval – I want you to be completely satisfied with my work!

How do I receive my portrait?

Because I work in a digital format, I can either email you the full-sized file, ready for printing, or mail you a printed image that you can frame.

What is the cost?

For unframed printed portraits, I offer two sizes:

  • $65 for any size up to 8 1/2″ x 11″
  • $85 for anything larger, up to 12″ x 18″

(multiple copies are available for a small additional fee)

There is an additional $10 postage fee to the US and $5 in Canada.

Do you offer framed portraits?

I no longer offer framed portraits. It is not difficult to frame a portrait inexpensively and I can send your print to fit any size frame you are considering (along with some advice on affordable framing).
 
My sample portraits are in IKEA frames. There are also great similar frames available at: MichaelsIndigo and Pottery Barn.

Also, If you find a frame online and can send me the link. I can show you what your portrait will look framed before you buy it.

What if I want more than one pet in the portrait?

I often get asked to include more than one pet in a portrait group shot. I can do this, even if they come from different photos. A small additional fee may be charged, depending on number of pets and complexity.

What about holiday/greeting cards featuring my pet’s portrait?

Yes! Customized cards featuring your pet and holiday/seasonal message are also available. Cost varies depending on the order and size of card. Contact me for more details.