About Oh So Portraits
Hi, and a really warm welcome to Oh So Portraits.
If you’re like me then you’re mad about your four-legged furmonsters and your children...or you know someone who is. I take hundreds of pictures of Charlie, my very serious looking cat. I used to take loads of my daughter as well (but she’s a teenager now and not quite as amenable). I suspect you do too? Because of this digital age we have so many gorgeous images of loved ones sitting hidden away on a phone or computer that really should be shown off. Oh So Portraits is a wonderfully different way to do that!
I’m Jackie and I have been a graphic designer for over 30 years. When I started working with my husband in our own design company 18 years ago I took up photography as a hobby. This got me away from the computer and allowed me to switch off from work for a few hours. I became obsessed very quickly and for me there is nothing more relaxing than standing on a hillside, my camera all set up, waiting for the sun to appear (if our fickle weather allows).
This love for photography eventually took me into the world of pet photography - inevitable when I look back now - combining two of my favourite things. It had dawned on me that I never properly photographed my own gorgeous Staffy girl before she passed away and this is something I will always regret.
Oh So Design began with the idea that I would create a range of greetings cards and prints. It was while I was experimenting in Photoshop with a 3D paper cutout effect that I came up with the idea of adding in a dog I had photographed, to create a focal point. And when I did that, WOW, it looked really good! Totally different from anything I had seen around. As a result, Oh So Portraits became a spin off from Oh So Design (which is my graphic design side) and it’s really taken off! Feedback about the concept and the finished picture when people get theirs has been fantastic!
Whether it’s a logo or a leaflet, a quirky photographic composite or one of your beautiful pet pictures, designing will always get me out of bed in the morning and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
It’s this love for what I do that drives me to get the most beautiful results I can for you. No apps or filters are used on your images, each picture is a one-off created by myself using skills I have honed over the years. Whether it’s advising you on the best pose that will work, correcting a colour issue or retouching in an ear that has been cropped off - all my know-how goes into your design.
That’s probably more than enough about me! I could go on about print quality and the premium paper used and the longevity of the product but that’s boring technical stuff! This is really about you and how thrilled would you be having one of these pictures on your wall. Or how happy you would feel seeing a massive smile on your friends face when they open your gift to them because you know just HOW much they love their dog! It’s such a personal thing and that makes it so very special.
I hope you enjoy browsing my shop. If you have any questions regarding my designs, photos that you’re not sure about or have something in mind that isn't listed, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at email@example.com, I’m always happy to help and advise.
"Hi Jackie, I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I was with the pictures you did for me just before Xmas. They were presents for a number of people of their very much loved pets. They are all on display in their respective homes and are clearly loved. Your attention to detail was fabulous, particularly as I had to get the pictures from facebook and some were not the best quality. I have no hesitation recommending you to all my friends, family and business contacts. Thanks again, Carol"
"I bought two pets in letters for Christmas presents and they were gorgeous, such good gift ideas. Jackie is lovely and does an amazing job at making sure the end result is perfect! Would definitely recommend xx"
"I ordered a portrait of my fur baby for my mum for Mothers Day as she loves her so much! I was so happy with the proof I was sent within a day (which I was not expecting!) I could not wait for it to arrive! Jackie presented top service and kept in touch throughout to make sure I was satisfied which was very reassuring! I was delighted to receive my portrait much earlier than expected as Jackie knew this was a gift! I will definitely be ordering more portraits, they are so unique and the quality is amazing! 100% recommend x"