FAQs

Brown and white Collie dog pet portrait

Which areas do you cover?
I’m based in the Midlands in South Staffordshire and cover the whole of the UK. Wherever you are in the country I bring my camera and studio to you for the initial sitting and your final art piece is securely shipped to you once completed. If you’re local to myself I’ll often deliver your dog portrait to you in person.

How much does a dog portrait commission cost?
Prices for an initial home sitting with an original mounted and framed 15″x 12″ portrait start at £400. However, with a range of sizes available and each portrait being completely unique and customer specific, final prices are based on each client’s individual requirements, preferences and location. To request a personalised quote pop me an email at hello@gregorydayphotography.co.uk

How long will the initial photography sitting last?
There’s no set time limit. Every sitting is different as every dog has their own unique personality and I’ll work until I have a full range of highly detailed, expressive photographs from which I’ll then craft your portrait. In general though, sittings generally take 1-2 hours.

Who will need to be there during the initial photography sitting?
Sittings always work best when your hound is accompanied by 2 of their favourite dog lovers to help them during the shoot.

What size of area will you need to work in during the sitting?
I’ll need you to provide an indoor space of at least 4m x 4m in which to set up my mobile photographic studio equipment.

Will I need to get my dog groomed before the sitting?
You don’t have to, but it will certainly help them to look their best in their portrait. Alternatively you can give them a good brush/clean yourself, however it’s important to ensure that their eyes are visible and free from stray hairs…

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Dog portrait of a brown and white whippet puppy

 

…My dog gets nervous around strangers, will this be OK?
Yes, that’s fine. If this is the case I’ll make sure to set aside extra time when I arrive to get to know them and help to put them at ease by allowing them to get used to my photographic equipment before we start the sitting.

My dog isn’t trained, will this affect the sitting?
Dogs with no training can sometimes be difficult to photograph and this can limit the range of images that I can capture. However, by taking our time and working patiently we should be able to get the best out of your dog.

What should I have with me during the sitting?
Having your dog’s favourite toy or treats handy will definitely help me to get the very best out of them.

I have a specific pose in mind. Can you shoot it for me?
Yes, that’s more than fine. Let me know if there are particular shots that you want in your portrait (eg. holding a favourite toy) and I’ll capture them for you.

How long do your dog portraits take to complete?
It generally takes 5-6 weeks to produce your wall art from the point of final ordering and once it’s been professionally crafted and quality checked I’ll contact you to arrange delivery.

How and when do I need to pay for my portrait?
Payment is generally made in 2 stages. Once we’ve agreed a date and time for the initial photography sitting that suits you and your hound I’ll email you a booking form and invoice and by paying your sitting fee your sitting date will be confirmed. Following the sitting, you’ll review the portrait mockups and we’ll decide upon the composition of your portrait. I’ll then invoice you for the remaining balance before crafting your final highly detailed art piece. As every portrait is individual to the client the outstanding balance must be paid before I commence work on the final portrait. Payment is preferred by bank transfer.

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