They had to wait longer than usual as I was trying to take reference photos for a painting that I thought would be fun.
Peaches was the smallest of the four. She’s in the lower left. Her older brother, Brody is next to her, followed by Boris and a somewhat distracted Beorn.
I’ve since learned that Beorn is a bit aloof when it comes to snacks. He loves them, of course, but he’s not that interested in putting forth too much effort to achieve them. That said, we have successfully taught him to “high-five” for a snack, and he’ll go for a walk if I offer a treat at the start. I suspect he prefers the “high-five” trick above all others because he gets to sit and then after the trick is performed and payment rendered, he also gets to lay down and eat.
Averting a Disaster of Biscuit Proportions
In order to take the reference photos, I had to gather all four of them into the lawn, assemble them into a tight group, all while holding a full-size camera in one hand and six large biscuits in the other.
At one point I almost dropped the camera onto Boris, which would have ruined the whole deal. At another point one of the biscuits slipped and fell, but I was able to grab it in time.
That was close!
Try out a few different angles now and then with your pet. You’ll be surprised at some of the fun images you can capture.Pet Photo Tip
So there I was, standing and holding a camera to my face with one hand while holding the biscuits up in my other hand. I was using my wide-angle lens which fortunately held everyone in the frame. But it was very awkward, and very hard to hold the camera still. Luckily the sun was very bright that day so my high shutter speed compensated for any movement on my part, of which I’m sure there was a lot.
I love this painting because the angle created the opportunity for some interesting shapes.
Also, I really like Boris’ face in this painting. My strokes were loose and economical with just the right amount of detail to suggest the form. There’s something about painting that dog that inspired me every time. Here’s a close-up.
If you are interested in a portrait with multiple pets, my multiple pet portrait sizes start at 16×16 (for two pets) and proceed up from there. Remember that each additional pet only adds $50 to the portrait, so you can potentially save a little money with groups as opposed to singles.
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