pet portraits Dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, pedigree and domestic, as well as more exotic pets, all deserve a professional pet photography session, at least once in their lifetime. Studio based pet photography provides the greatest range of professional photographic resources to apply any number of photography styles and moods to capture every aspect of your pet's true personality. At the Glamour Pet Portrait Photography studio we can capture all quirks, traits and looks that make your pet unique. Anyone with a camera can take a photo of their pet. However, there is much more to producing a high quality portrait of your pet than just "point and click". Exposure, focus, background, filters, colour theory, lighting and file formats all need to be considered, before contemplating poses, angles and then hoping that your pet does the right thing at the right time. Glamour Pet Portrait Photography Studio are a fully equipped professional digital photography studio, providing the resources to capture a wide range of photography styles and moods for your personal pet portraits. By varying the lighting, we can move from vibrant, alive colour to dramatic strong effects through to soft artistic presentation and warm feelings. Backgrounds and textures are matched accordingly. Classic contemporary, fun and spontaneous, cheeky and playful, all of your pet's traits and characteristics can be captured professionally in the studio setting. A pet is an animal that is kept (mostly by humans) for companionship and enjoyment, as opposed to livestock, which are kept for economic reasons. The most popular are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics or their attractive appearance or song. The term "pet" may also be applied to humans, usually in an endearing way by a lover, significant other, or partner. Calling another person a pet, though, can just as easily be considered an insult. While in theory one could keep any animal as a pet, in practice a small number of species of mammals, especially dogs and cats, and other animals such as birds have dominated the pet scene for a very long time. Fish have joined them more recently. Many of these are domesticated while others, often considered novelty pets, are not. With the exception of tortoises, iguanas and non-venomous snakes, few reptiles and amphibians make good pets. The glofish, a genetically modified zebrafish with a bright red fluorescent color is the first genetically modified (GM) animal to be engineered as a pet. Pets can provide their owners with many health benefits. The keeping of pets has been shown to help remove stress. Walking a dog can also provide its owner (as well as the dog!) with exercise, fresh air, and the opportunity for social interaction. A pet can be acquired from a pet store, an animal shelter, a breeder, and sometimes from people who have too many due to births. A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of (usually) a person. Portraits are often simple head shots or mug shots and are not usually overly elaborate. The intent is to show the basic appearance of the person, and occasionally some artistic insight into his or her personality. The art of the portrait flourished in Roman sculptures, where sitters demanded realistic portraits, even unflattering ones. During the 4th century, the portrait began to retreat in favor of an idealized symbol of what that person looked like. In Europe true portraits of the outward appearance of individuals re-emerged in the late Middle Ages, in Burgundy and France. One of best-known portraits in the Western world is Leonardo da Vinci's painting titled Mona Lisa, which is a painting of an unidentified woman. Some of the earliest portraits of people who were not kings or emperors, are the funeral portraits that survived in the dry climate of Egypt's Fayum district. These are the only paintings of the Roman period that have survived, aside from frescos. When the artist creates a portrait of himself, it is called a self-portrait. The first known in paint was by the French artist Jean Fouquet in c. 1450, but if the definition is extended the first was by the Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaten's sculptor Bak, who carved a representation of himself and his wife Taheri c. 1365 BC. However, it seems likely that self-portraits go back to the earliest representational art. Portrait photography is a popular commercial industry all over the world. Many people enjoy having professionally made family portraits to hang in their house, or special portraits to commemorate certain events, such as graduations or weddings. Since the dawn of photography people have made portraits. The popularity of the daguerreotype in the middle of the 19th century was due in large part to the demand for inexpensive portraiture. Studios sprang up in cities around the world, some cranking out more than 500 plates a day. The style of these early works reflected the technical challenges associated with 30-second exposure times and the painterly aesthetic of the time. Subjects were generally seated against plain backgrounds and lit with the soft light of an overhead window and whatever else could be reflected with mirrors. As photographic techniques developed, an intrepid group of photographers took their talents out of the studio and onto battlefields, across oceans and into remote wilderness. William Shew's Daguerreotype Saloon, Roger Fenton's Photographic Van and Mathew Brady's What-is-it? wagon set the standards for making portraits and other photographs in the field. In politics, portraits of the leader are often used as a symbol of the state. In most countries it is common protocol for a portrait of the head of state to appear in important government buildings. Excessive use of a leader's portrait can be indicative of a personality cult. In literature the term portrait refers to a written description or analysis of a person or thing. A written portrait often gives deep insight, and offers an analysis that goes far beyond the superficial. For example, American author Patricia Cornwell wrote a best-selling book titled Portrait of a Killer about the personality, background, and possible motivations of Jack the Ripper, as well as the media coverage of his murders, and the subsequent police investigation of his crimes. The term portrait also describes the orientation of a rectangular piece of paper, painting or other graphic, denoting that the long axis is vertical. When the long axis is horizontal, it is said to be in landscape mode.