I just read a great article on ReadyMade.com about taking great pet photos for personalized greeting cards. I don’t know about you, but my dogs shy away from the camera and don’t sit still. However, after reading this article, I feel a bit more confident about being “puparazzi.”
Helpful hints form the article include:
- Using the rapid-fire setting on your camera so that you can get multiple shots. You can always go back and delete the bad ones.
- Stick some peanut butter to the roof of your pooch’s mouth to snap a photo of her licking her chops.
Kate from Moderncat clued me in to the Cuore Etsy shop where you can find dog-shaped wool felt appliques like Barbeque, the Dachshund Weiner Dog and Nuri the French Bulldog. Too cute!
Garry Gross is a New York-based dog photographer who formerly worked in the fashion and beauty beauty world. He has now focused on dog portraits and his Senior Dog Portrait collection is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some of the faces made me tear up – it’s amazing how expressive and telling your face becomes as you age and it seems to be the same for pets.
BeatUpCreations makes altered art and puts them on antique plates. From Mr T. to Gizmo, there’s quite a lot of LOLs here.
Happy Monocal is an immensely talented artist who’s work I find to be both classic and chic. She will gladly “capture the spirit and personality of your little friend” through her work with watercolor, pencil and ink. Information for her exquisitely commissioned pet portraits can be found here. While you’re there, be sure to scroll through her beautiful gallery of past pet projects. Happy Menocal’s pet portraits will certainly make a lovely gift for art-appreciating dog lovers (like me!). In fact, I’m picturing a framed portrait of Miles above my fireplace at this very moment.
Andrea Levine creates accessories and clothing for pets and people. She creates handmade sterling silver tags, exotic leather pet collars and matching human bracelets. Her Peace and Love collection is adorable.
This Delightful Dog Diction poster from Knowsters (love their slogan: “posters with the mosters”) is super cute. There are so many dog expressions we use such as “underdog” “dog-eat-dog world” and “top dog” and in this poster they’re oh so adorably illustrated! There are 20 popular dog sayings and 10% of the proceeds are donated to Best Friends Animal Society. Go to the Knowsters website to see a larger version.