Portrait of a black Great Dane


Great Danes, custom portraits and fine art prints by Ginnie Saunders

Commissioning a Portrait

All portraits begin with a photography session. The preliminary shooting is often done by appointment at events such as the GDCA National Specialty or other major dog shows.

I usually shoot 50 to 100 photographs per dog. When possible, the photographs are uploaded to my computer shortly after the shoot. This enables us to evaluate them together. I can also upload photos to my web server for a lengthier review and collaborative evaluation.

After a particular photograph is selected as the basis for a portrait, we’ll discuss various retouching options. You can decide whether you want a landscape-based background or a simple backdrop. Scale and proportion are also considered, as well as budget.

Fees are as follows:


Per Dog Price

Option 1
Retouching with custom landscape

add $225

Option 2
Retouching with original background
or a simple backdrop

add $100
Option 3
As shot, with no retouching

Option 1
Archival Fine Art Paper
Heavy Cotton German Watercolor Paper
18 x 22: add $150
22 x 26: add $225
(other sizes are available)
Option 2
Archival Canvas
Unstretched Cotton Canvas
16 x 20: add $175
20 x 25:
add $275
(other sizes are available)

All canvases, upon completion, are sealed with a special protective coating for enhanced ultraviolet durability plus resistance to potential damage from chemicals, water and/or abrasion.

Other Options

  • DaDane of DaWeek - A complimentary feature article on DaDane of DaWeek is offered for all commissioned portraits, if so desired.
  • Design Services - Professional design services are available for advertising in print and web publications. (I am an accomplished graphic designer by profession. See my resumé.)
  • Extra Prints - Individual photographs from your shoot, printed on premium semi-gloss photo paper, are offered at the following prices (other sizes are also available):
4 x 6 $10 each
5 x 7.5   $16 each
8 x 12   $30 each
11 x 16.5   $50 each
  • Retouching - For all regular photos requiring alterations (such as removal of leads and/or handlers) the retouching fees will be negotiated on an individual basis.
  • Custom Framing - Professional framing services are available for portraits. Average cost is $150, plus shipping. Canvas portraits will be stretched and framed. Paper portraits will be matted, glazed and framed. (Due to insurance restrictions, plexiglass will be used for pieces that must be shipped. Glass can be used for regular pick-ups.)
  • Special Rates - I am happy to travel for large individual commissions or give special rates group buys.

    If you are within commuting distance to my rural – and very scenic – studio in central South Carolina, you are invited to bring your dog(s) over for an exclusive photo session.

    Please contact me for more information.
Photography & Graphics ©2006 Ginnie Saunders   All rights reserved
Ginnie Saunders, PO Box 50314, Columbia, SC 29250, 803-783-3169

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