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Reference Photo Guidelines

How do you envision your pet? When you close your eyes how to you see them? This is the kind of shot you’ll want to take!

Here are some tips to make the best Cameo of your best friend:

  • Close up! A full frame of face gives me the detail I need.
  • Eye level if possible, though looking up at you is cute too.
  • Both eyes front (full face), unless you want a profile image.
  • If you have help, have a friend stand behind you and hold a treat or a toy while you take the picture.

Remember, good images allow me to create great custom pieces. Once I have a JPG or PNG image, I can render a Cameo of your wonderful dog, chicken, horse, cat or any other pet. My Cameos are typically ¾ x 1", made of copper & sterling silver and come as either a keychain or pendent with a sterling ball chain. You can have the text of your choice (2-4 lines, 6 characters per line) on the back. The inscriptions are usually something funny such as ‘In Dog We Trust’, a nick name, ‘Mr. Smooch’ or your pet’s name. My lead time runs 2 – 4 weeks on custom works.

To get your custom cameo started:

  • Choose your cameo type (pendent or keychain) and order here.
  • Take at least THREE (3) photos of your pet.
  • Save the photos as JPG or PNG image files.
  • Include the images, your full name, order number and contact information in an email to
  • I will contact you to discuss the details with you.

If you have any questions, you can reach me in the studio at 530.268.3371 or email me at