Question for artists/photographers...
This is a little OT, but I know there are a lot of professional equine photographers and artists here, so it seemed like a good place to get an answer.
If an artist wants to do a portrait using a professional's photograph as reference, what's the protocol? For example, if a client wanted a portrait done of their horse from a professional's photo from a show?
I have just started doing portraits, and would like to do a sample one of my dachshund. A photographer got a great shot of him at an agility trial this summer that I'd like to use as the main reference (I'd change some elements but the pose would be the same). I assume the first step is to ask the photographer for permission to use the shot, but what is reasonable to offer her? Should I buy a print to use as reference (although an 8x10 enlargement, which works best for the size I'm doing, is pretty expensive)? Should I ask to buy a digital copy just to use for the reference? Is it reasonable to ask for a free digital copy, if I give her studio credit for the photo and display the original photo with her watermark along with my portrait?
I already have another person who was asking about a portrait from a horse show photographer's print, so I know this will come up again and wanted to hear what the usual procedure is... Thanks in advance!