Today I want to find out just how much everyone else loves their pets... soooo I'm having a pet portrait giveaway!!!!! Yeah... you should get excited because you're going to have two different chances to enter.
If you are super crazy about your pet, and you would just loooove to have a one-of-a-kind soft pastel portrait like this...
Or maybe this if you have a bird or another pet...
Then, pay attention now. :)
Here's how it works.
Before you decide to enter, make sure you already have a good photo, or that you will be able to take one. (Remember guys, I live in Hawaii right now... I can't always be there to take the photo or see the beautiful pet in person. I need a good quality photo to work from. ) When I'm working on a portrait, I go by what I see in the photo, so if the photo has green eyes, I can't teleport myself to the pet to know that the eyes are, in fact, brown. I can only go by what I see... You get the picture... The photo has to be what you want the portrait to look like.
For example, when I did Nelly the beagle, I worked from this photo and got this portrait.
Head shots usually work best. I find that the eyes are super duper important in making the portrait feel like a certain pet. They are indeed the windows to the soul, so you want to be close enough that you capture the details of the eyes.
And one last tip for the photo... Turn your flash off unless you are an amazing photographer who knows all about lighting and using the correct flash. For point and shoot cameras, the flash changes the true colors and gives the eyes a weird look, so try taking the photo in natural light, perhaps near a window as the natural light illuminates the room (not in direct sunlight... that can be worse than the flash). Just play around with it, and you'll get a great, natural looking shot. (If you win, I will correspond with you until we get the photo just the way you want.)
Now that we have that end of business taken care of, here's how you enter. You have two chances, so you enter two times!
1. You must be an official follower of this blog (through Google Friend Connect to the right). Leave a comment telling me why you love your pet so much, what makes him/her special, or why you want a portrait, and that's entry number one.
2. If you have already done the first entry, you may enter a second time by becoming a fan of the Tails to Tell Facebook page. Leave me a second comment saying that you already are a fan or that you just became one, and that's entry number two.
You have until Monday, April 25th to enter, so get on it! (You could also use this as a gift for a pet lover in your life if you want to get a super early start on Christmas shopping... wink, wink)
I'll use Random.org to choose the winner, and that winner will be announced on the next Tail Wagging Tuesday post. Be sure to check in to see if your name is announced. Then, I'll start work on the portrait as soon as the winner has an awesome photo for me.
Good luck! :)