Photo Guide

Photo Guide

For the best results on your new Barley & Belle pet portrait, be as picky about your pet’s picture as you would be with your own! Our digital artists need a clear photo of your pet to work their magic. They’ll email you right away if the one on file doesn’t have the details they need to make the perfect portrait and can help you choose a new one. For the most beautiful portrait results, our artists have suggested some tips for how to take the best pet photos:

  • Photograph your pet from the front and make sure their face, ears, neck and chest are completely visible. The more you can get into the frame, the better. Standing or sitting usually work best!
  • Take your photograph in a spot with lots of light that illuminates their whole body with as little shadow possible. If you can’t get natural light, store-bought is fine!
  • Get as close to eye level as you can before you click the shutter button.
  • Ensure your pet is in focus. Blurry photos do not make great portraits!
  • No need for fancy equipment - your smartphone or a basic digital camera will do a great job.
  • Send the original version of the photo. Adding filters affects how your furry friend’s texture and coloring turn out in the final product.
  • Dress them up! You are encouraged to showcase your pet as exactly who they are. All details in the photo will be included in the final product.

If your portrait features multiple pets, a separate photo for each of them is best. If that’s not possible, make sure the photo follows the artists’ suggestions for best results.

Good Pet Photo
  • Pet facing camera
  • Photo taken at eye level
  • Great lighting
  • Head, neck, and chest are clearly visible
Bad Pet Photo
  • Pet laying down
  • Angled face and not at eye level
  • Ear cut off
  • Head, neck, and chest not completely visible