As a life-long animal lover and a small animal veterinarian for over 30 years, I know how important pets are to their owners and yet how short our pet’s lives can be. I want to be able to help you make a special memory of your pet that will be enjoyed long after you have to say good-bye.
Through custom photography and one of a kind hand-rendered digital fine art, I will help you celebrate and remember your pets and the very personal bond you have together. Whether you are currently sharing your life with your special pet or they have already crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, I can help create memorable works of art that you will cherish for many years to come.
Digital Fine Art Portraits
I create custom mixed-media artwork utilizing specialized software and digital hand-painting techniques. No filters or short-cuts, I use individual brush strokes and my unique style to turn your pet’s photo into a digitally painted fine art portrait meant to last a lifetime.
I can work from existing photos of your pet that you provide (even cell phone images!) or photos I take for you in a photo shoot. If you wish to order a fine art portrait but do not have a suitable image, I can offer a brief reference photo session to get an image to use.
These custom painted portraits also make wonderful personalized gifts.
Professional Pet Portrait Photography
Your pet has personality and I love finding the perfect shot to showcase it. Based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metro area, I offer on-location indoor and outdoor photo sessions featuring portraits as well as action images. I use both natural light as well as off-camera lighting to capture the best quality images of your pet.
Photo sessions will be available starting (hopefully) fall of 2020. If you wish to be placed on my waiting list, please contact me with your information.
How do I order a custom digital painted fine art portrait?
If you wish to commission a digital art portrait, please email me and let me know you are interested. I will have you send several of your favorite photos of your pet(s). The best photos have good resolution, are not blurry, and are either headshots or a full body pose where the pet is up close in the image. If you do not have any suitable photos of your pet, I can do a brief photo shoot to obtain a suitable reference image for an additional charge. If you supply the photo, I will need the original photo file without any cropping or applied filter effects. I will help you decide on the best way to showcase your pet’s portrait-whether on fine art paper or canvas.
What does a digital fine art portrait cost?
Due to the inherent nature and customization of these products, pricing is based on numerous factors such as time expected to create the portrait, number of subjects, complexity of image, size of completed print, and matting/framing options. I offer graphite-look portraits (similar to a pencil drawing) and color painted portraits. I will give you a quote for the portrait once I know what image(s) we choose, how you want it printed, matted and framed and any other customization. I require payment for the painting creation service before I begin painting and the balance of the payment before I order the product you select. I accept cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa.
When do I get the finished art?
After I have painted the portrait to a certain point, I will send you a “proof” which is a close approximation of what the finished piece will look like. This will allow you to visualize it before I finalize the finer details. I want to ensure you will be satisfied with the image, background, and the style I am using. Once you approve the proof and submit the final payment, I will finish the portrait and submit the art to my professional lab for printing and framing if selected.
Turnaround time is 2-3 weeks for most commissions. If I have a high number of commissions at once, they will be done in the order I receive them and there may be a longer turnaround time.
When can I schedule a photo shoot?
Photo shoots will be available beginning (hopefully) in the Fall of 2020. I will maintain a waiting list until that time, so please email me if you want to schedule a shoot in the future.
What does a photo shoot cost?
Photo session fees are based on time, distance traveled, and number of pets/people being photographed. A non-refundable booking fee of $225.00 is paid at the time of scheduling the session. This fee will include a pre-shoot consultation, the photo session itself*, the initial basic editing of the photos and an in-person ordering appointment. Additional fees for mileage outside of a designated area may apply. No products are included in the session fee.
*up to 1 ½ hours and for 1-2 pets at a location of your choosing. I can provide an estimate for photo shoots that will have multiple pets or people.
What products are available to order?
At your in-person ordering appointment, you will view a gallery presentation of the best images from the photo shoot. I am happy to help you select your favorite images for canvas or metal wall art as well as albums, prints and collages. As I sincerely believe photos are meant to be printed, I do not offer digital products for sale. I will supply a complimentary social media sized digital file for any photo ordered in a purchased product.
Product pricing will be available when photo sessions begin this fall.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and your furry family members! Let's turn your pet's moments into memories... Together.