How to put those pet photos filling up your smartphone to use


custom portrait of Archie the Chi-Minpin-Chinese Crested by Oxford Dogma


This post is a part of Custom Pet Portrait series, where I share an in-depth look and answer questions. The rest of the posts are linked at the bottom of this page.


    Archie, the Chi-Minpin-Chinese Crested cuddle bug with a worried look

    Put those pet photos collecting in your smartphone album to good use!

    As a loving pet parent, you get a ton of joy every time you are around your pet. And if you’re anything like me, 90% of the photos you take are of your pet.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to frame the photos to hang around your house. Maybe you don’t love the quality of them (a snapshot that’s too dark, grainy, and a weird angle), or the style doesn’t quite fit with your style of decor, or there are elements you don’t want included in the frame.

    A thoughtful gift for pet-crazy friends and family

    I’ve found that many people want a Custom Pet Portrait as a gift for a special pet parent in their life. It’s a way to show someone you understand how much they love their furry kid without worrying about choosing the right size and color, or whether the item works with their lifestyle. It’s a personal and distinctive gift that they won’t already have. And don’t we all know people who we have such a hard time shopping for??

    Izzy, the Vizsla who’s pure puppy and loves her braided bully stick 

    Angie, the judgmental Corgi who’s a princess with a capital P

    "Angie's posture and facial expression are perfect. I love these so much!"

    — Danette, dog mom to Watson and Angie

    Zanzi (a.k.a. The Wooly Beast), the Chow-Pitbull-Doberman mix with the sweetest eyes and soul

    "Love these! So cute!"

    — Jessica, mom to Zanzi and Archie

    Bailey, the perky and patient Alaskan Klee Kai who charms crowds with her unique and striking presence

    "The illustration of Bailey is my favorite picture in the house."

    — Matt, dog dad to Bailey

    What you get

    The Custom Pet Portrait is an entirely custom product made to order. I create the illustration based on 2–4 photos that you provide of the pet, from different angles and showing any unique characteristics you’d like to include. (read more about how the process works in this post)

    Each portrait includes an 8x10 inch unframed art print, printed with archival inks on matte archival paper.

    Fiona, the mischievous, fox-like Pomeranian who loves cuddling and giving kisses

    Doing more with your portrait: upgrade option

    Interested in having other items made with your pet’s portrait? For an additional $35 per pet you can purchase the digital artwork file as well. With this file, you can order things like greeting cards or other stationary items, or accessories like a t-shirt, tote bag, mug, or pillow. But this is totally optional — if you’re happy to simply get the 8x10 print, there’s no need to purchase the digital file. The file will be available for purchase in the future if you change your mind so it's not something you need to decide right away. 

    What makes this illustration unique

    My background as a graphic designer + my penchant for subtle details and order influence my illustration style. The result is a portrait with a clean, simple, and timeless style — a bit like a classic screen print. And based on the details you provide about your pet, I translate the photos into a single iconic portrait that sums up your pet and makes you smile.

    Many pet portraits are painted, with brushstrokes and expressive style, but that’s not a fit for everyone’s decor or taste. Pet parents have expressed to me that it can be hard to find other options that fit their style. So the Oxford Dogma portrait might be a good option for you if you like understated, refined, or iconic art and design.

    Watson, the super affectionate Poodle mix who’s more person than dog and always follow closely so he doesn’t miss out on anything

    The Scordato-Solomon trio: Dexter, the big-hearted Beagle + Harley, the Rat Terrier mix with an irresistibly expressive face + Charlie, the loving mystery mutt

    How to order your own Custom Pet Portrait

    Do you know someone who’d love to receive a custom-illustrated art print of their pet? (Or is that someone you??) You can place an order for a portrait here and once I’ve received your order I’ll follow up about the pet’s details and next steps.

    And if you have any questions, please let me know! You can email me at amy@oxforddogma.com or fill out my contact form.

    Want to read more about the Custom Pet Portrait? The other posts in this series can be found here:


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