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Pictures (and Painted Portraits) Really Are Worth 1,000 Words

The only thing better than taking an adorable photo of your pet is showing off said adorable photo on Facebook. But anyone who has ever owned a pet and tried to capture their cuteness can tell you that it’s not as easy as it sounds. So if you’re going to subject your friends, family and co-workers to regular pet updates or holiday cards with their mug on it, we suggest you look into getting some good photos taken. Or maybe even a professional portrait painted. Or both.

Pet Photography
If you’re tired of your dog looking away every time you pull out your iPhone, it might be time to enlist the help of a pro to get some good photos.

Allison Shamrell
One quick romp around Allison’s blog and you’ll be asking yourself “Why don’t I have professional photos of my dog yet?” She does natural light, on-location sessions and studio quality photos.
allisonshamrell.com

Bare Foot Snapshots
Wedding and portrait photographers who also take on the tough task of pet photography. Check out their site for a slideshow sample of their work.
barefootsnapshots.com

Pet Portraits
If you really want to go all out and immortalize your pet in style, how about a custom portrait? We were surprised by how many local artists we found that offer this service once we started looking.

Heather Mitchell Fine Art
All you need to commission a portrait of your beloved pet from Heather is a good snapshot and deposit. She’s got work on display at Blue Morning Gallery so you can check out her style there to see if it’s what you’re looking for.
heathermitchelldraws.fineartstudioonline.com

Kate Owens
Kate does oil and pastel pet art commissions. She also does cartoon style prints and caricatures of dogs. You can find her at The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery Sept. 14 for Gallery Night.
kateowensstudio.com

Katherine Joline Tucker
Caricatures or sketches from your pet’s photos,¬†available in 8×10 and 5×7 prints, note cards, greeting cards, memo sets,¬†and bookmarks.
katherinejoline.com

Loren Miller Art
Fine art and commission portraits
facebook.com/lorenmillerfineart

Red Hot Kitties
Painted by hand by Mary W. Smith. They also offer custom pet memorial pendants.
redhotkitties.com

Or Do It Yourself
For the fun-loving, hands on pet owner, Painting With A Twist offers a class called “Paint Your Pet.” The next one is Saturday, Sept. 29 3-6 p.m. The classes are pretty popular and have been known to sell out, so early registration is encouraged. “Paint Your Pet” can also be done as a private party with a minimum of 10 painters and a maximum of 15.
paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola

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