Earlier this year I had the pleasure painting "Rocky" using one of the photos taken by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio. Working with professional photographers makes my life so much easier as a painter! The composition is already there and the quality and resolution of the photos really allows me to get all of the tiny little details.
For this particular piece I had donated a painting to WBUR for a silent auction and Li had donated a photo shoot. One lucky customer got both the photo shoot and the custom painting! It was a perfect match :) I encourage you to check out her website and consider her for your own pet photography! If you're thinking about getting a portrait done by me, it may be a good option to work with a professional photographer. It will help ensure a beautiful painting and you will also have some wonderful photos to display and use at your will!