FAQs

Portrait of a black Patterdale Terrier

FROM THE GROUND UP

Can I have both my horse and dog in a single portrait?
Yes, because of the composite nature of my portraits I can include multiple subjects in a single portrait, regardless of species. Each subject you wish to include will attend the same initial portrait sitting. I’ll photograph them separately during the sitting and then combine the images during the final portrait crafting.

Are your art pieces a true representation of the subject?
My portraits are created directly from the photographs taken during the initial photographic sitting with the subject. They’re not hand drawn or painted copies, they are the original photographs themselves carefully crafted into a unique, lasting portrait. As such each completed commission is a completely accurate, hyper detailed and lifelike physical representation of the subject.

Which geographical areas do you cover?
I’m based in South Staffordshire and cover the whole of the mainland UK. Wherever you are I bring my camera to you for the initial sitting.

Additional travel charges
The basic price of a portrait commission includes an initial professional home territory photography sitting at a suitable property of your choosing up to a distance of 20 miles (a 40 mile round trip) from my base in Staffordshire. For those sittings requiring a round trip of further than 40 miles I’ll need to levy an additional travel charge at a rate of 50p per mile on the round trip on any additional distance mileage.

What kind of outdoor area will you require to work in successfully during the sitting?
The space required is dependent on the size of the subject that I’m photographing. However, as a basic minimum I’ll require a dry outdoor area out of direct sunlight with a flat, unobstructed floor space. As a guide, canine sessions are generally carried out on an area of hard standing in the back garden in a space measuring no less than 3m x 3m. Equine sessions are easily accommodated outside in a stable yard.

What if it’s forecast to rain?
Initial photography sittings take place outside with dry, still conditions giving the best results. As such, in order to ensure that every portrait is of the highest quality, a forecast of inclement weather conditions may require a sitting to be rearranged. I’ll keep you fully updated though should this look like it may occur.

Portrait of a white horse and a brown dog

How long will the initial photography sitting last?
Each sitting is unique as every subject has their own important personality and requirements. As such the subject/s sets the duration of the sitting and I’ll work at their pace until I have a complete range of emotive and representative photographs from which to craft your final portrait. As a general consideration though, allow 1 to 2 hours from my time of arrival to departure.

How and when do I need to pay for my original art piece?
Payment is preferred by bank transfer and is made in 2 instalments, with the total commission charge split between an initial sitting and a final portrait fee:

Payment 1 – The initial sitting fee
Once we’ve agreed a date and time for the initial photography sitting that’s convenient for you I’ll forward you a booking invoice and by settling your initial sitting fee (and if relevant, any additional travel charges) your appointment will be confirmed. All bookings are made on a provisional basis only until full payment of the initial sitting fee has been received.

Payment 2 – The final portrait fee
Following the sitting you’ll review the portrait mock-ups and we’ll confirm the final refined composition of your portrait. I’ll then invoice you for the remaining balance of the commission charge before crafting your highly detailed art piece. As every portrait is individual to the client the remaining balance must be paid in full before I commence work on the final framed portrait.

How long does it take you to craft your wall art pieces?
Working closely with skilled printers & experienced family-run framing professionals it generally takes me about 8 weeks to produce your wall art from the point of final confirmed ordering and once it’s been professionally crafted and quality checked I’ll contact you to arrange delivery.

Oak framed portrait of 3 golden retrievers
Gregory Day Animal Art, a great memento of the time we have with our dogs, which is too short
Dog portrait of a brown whippet puppy

NEW BEGINNINGS

Will my dog / horse need to be groomed before the initial sitting?
Your dog / horse doesn’t have to be groomed for the initial sitting, however they will definitely need to be clean and free of stray hairs. Each original portrait is crafted directly from the high definition photographs taken during the sitting, they’re not drawn or painted copies. Therefore each of my portraits is an accurate, highly detailed representation of the subject as they were during the sitting. As such if there are excessive quantities of particles, dirt, moulted or stray hairs on the subject’s coat at the time of the sitting they’ll also be captured on the final image. Your dog / horse will need to look on the day as you wish them to be represented and portrayed in their lasting portrait. For equine portraits this includes deciding if you wish your horse to be portrayed in e.g. head collar / part or full tack and preparing them for the sitting accordingly. 

Who should accompany the subject during their initial sitting?
For canine portraits a subject’s initial sitting is usually much more productive when they are accompanied by 2 of their favourite dog lovers to assist them during the shoot. Having only a single owner present to assist the subject with their positioning can limit the volume and range of expressive, considered photographs that I’ll be able to capture, unless your dog has been trained to command. However for equine portraits I’ll only require the subject to be accompanied by a single handler.

My dog can get nervous around strangers, will this be accounted for?
Yes, certainly. If this is the case I’ll make sure to set aside important additional time to allow your dog to familiarise themselves with both myself and my photographic equipment before commencing the sitting. I’ll work at a relaxed pace that puts them at ease and keeps them so for the duration.

My dog isn’t trained, will this affect the sitting?
Depending on their individual personality, some dogs without basic training can sometimes be more challenging to photograph than is ideal, and this can limit the opportunity to capture a full range and volume of refined, expressive images. However, by taking this into consideration and working patiently and proactively during the sitting I should be able to get the best out of your dog.

What should I have with me during the sitting?
Having your canine’s preferred toy or treats handy whilst they’re photographed facilitates a more engaged subject and a more expressive final portrait.

Detailed close up of a dog portrait of 3 black and white greyhounds
Dog portrait customer quote