going big ~ {Ontario fine art pet photographer}

a scruffy dog photo shoot is about more than capturing memorable photos of your 4-legger.  it’s more than action shots, lazy home shots and those expressive moments that have your loved one jumping out of the image at you.  a scruffy dog photo shoot is truly is an investment in artwork of your loved one.

of course, although the SDP collections include a full range of prints, digital images, proofs and luxurious coffeetable photobooks, it’s the “wallmounts” that make the biggest statement in your home.  canvas is the Cadillac … put a floatframe on it, and you’ve got yourself a Maserati.  of course, if canvas isn’t your cup of tea, there are other options like floatmounts and standouts which also give you significant wall coverage … and the sky is the limit as far as variety of size. whatever the “mount”, i always advise clients to go for the look they prefer, since each does have their own unique appeal.

still, canvas is the overall, paws-down favorite.  and in the case of canvas and art, more often than not, well, big is truly better.

i should mention that the above bed is a queen-sized, which makes client, sweet old Cassy pretty much life-size.

the workmanship, as with all SDP products, is top-notch …

although  a lot of clients love the look of a ‘naked’ gallery canvas wrap …

… where you can see the image wrap around the edge …

… i do encourage clients to consider the float frame.  it not only finishes the piece, but with the frame acting as a border, it allows the piece to be hung on almost any coloured wall, anchoring the image without fear of it fading into its surroundings because of similar colours to your paint choices.  this way, throughout the years, you can hang your artwork no matter how often you redecorate.

whatever product you choose, going big truly makes a statement, and it turns your images into artwork as opposed to just “a photo of your 4-legger on the wall”.

this is why, when ordering one of the SDP collections, clients receive their collection-discount on any upgrade and upsizing of wallmounts.

…  big truly is better.  and i’m so grateful that my clients recognize and embrace this sentiment as well.  2010 saw some absolutely stunning wall pieces leaving the SDP studio … it was difficult parting with them!  and currently there are more 4′-plus canvases sitting at the lab waiting for pick-up.  if i get a chance, i’ll share those with you as well.  but in the meantime, if you’re planning your order (now or in the future) think big.  measure your walls and calculate the dimensions you’ll need.

trust me, the only regret you’ll have is going too small.

  

Sonja - OMG – LOVE it!!! especially since our little man is so … well … little (2.7 pounds) … It would mean … wow … life size! that would be amazing! We are patiently waiting for his “big boy coat” to come in … and we are bookign a shoot! It will be a weekend get away trip … but well worth it!

illona - thanks so much, everyone. glad you enjoy the peek at what is possible. 🙂

Katherine, my lab frames for me … orders the frames custom for each piece (since i’m notorious for printing odd sizes). they’re in Toronto. i can try to find out who is building their frames, but you’ll have to email me privately.

katherine - Where do you get your floating frames? I live in the K-W area and paint on gallery-style canvas. I love the look of the floating frame, but can’t seem to find a place that either sells or does custom framing with these types of frames. Thanks for your help, and keep inspiring us with your gorgeous art.

vets in cairns - You need to participate in a contest for among the finest blogs on the web. I’ll recommend this site!

Linda - Love it! This is my kind of art. Bigger is indeed better.

Jean - It really helps to see the potential when displayed like this. Thanks Illona!

Jackie - I think im going to have to get some life sized Sonny for my walls!

Jackie - I think im going to have to get some life sized Sonny for my walls!

Sandy & Ryker - I whole heartedly agree. Wish I had gone bigger on my custom piece.

Jennifer - hey you printed my fav of matea!!!!!!! love!!!!!

Lauren - PS. Very inspiring! 🙂

Lauren - You know I love your photography Illona and maybe you don’t know, but I also love large wall mounts. But to see them in real life like you’ve presented here, makes me wish I lived closer to you so Crackers could have a formal session and get a big old wall mount. (Makes me wish Hailey was around for the same reason…)

Thanks for sharing this, it’s made me realize that I need to save up some money and pay the bucks to have something like this done – it looks like it’s totally worth it!

Karen - Like Holly said: WOW!
I can see why you promote this.
In this case, size DOES matter 🙂

Holly Garner-Jackson - WOW! THESE ARE ALL SO STUNNING, ILLONA! Well done and a great way to promote the package!

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