Pet Photography

Pet Photography

Pets very quickly become much loved members of our families and we enjoy having their pictures framed on our desk or wall! However taking the perfect snap of your best friend is not always easy. Pets, unlike humans, do not understand what we are trying to do and won’t just pose for the camera! Here are 10 tips that will help you help you capture those moments forever.

1. Firstly, make sure your pet has been to Puss n’ Pooch Day Spa so that it looks as perfect as it can be.

2. Try to use natural light

If possible always use natural light when snapping your pet. Always avoid flash, as flash can, not only cause red-eye, but also frighten your pet. Natural outdoor light is always best, if this is not possible, a room well lit by a large window, open doors or skylight.

3. Keep the Eyes Sharp

Your pets eye can be very expressive, having nice sharp eyes is important in any kind of portrait photography and your pet is no different. So focus on your pet’s eyes and make sure they are sharp and in focus.

4. Go to your pet, don’t expect your pet to pose

I’s critical that you pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of expecting them to come to you go to them. Get down to their level. Sit or lie on the ground or lie on your belly and remember to shoot from THEIR eye level or below and show the way they see world!

5. Enhance the value of their character

You know your pet better than anyone else, and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject. If you have a lazy cat show him yawning, if your animal is of a playful type show him in action performing his favorite trick.

6. Go Macro

Put on that long lens and fill the frame with your pet’s face and fur, close up shots often make beautiful animal portrait.
7. Surprise Them

One of the most difficult things is to let your pet hold still. An easy trick is to let him play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle. This will surprise him and caught his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him in a nice and alert posture.

8. Schedule your Session

If you are longing for a formal pet portrait shot, try to schedule the photo session when you’re animal is somewhat sleepy or has just woke up it will be much easier to keep him still then. If you want a more dynamic shot then pick up a time when your pet is energetic. If he is sick it is better to just postpone it for another day.

9. Be Patient

Pet photography requires a lot of patience. No matter how excited your puss or pooch is, if you are patient enough, he will end up by relaxing and you will have the opportunity to get the perfect shot.

10. Experiment

Take your time and enjoy the experience, try different approaches, angles and compositions. Fire off a lot of shots, you will have time to worry about the results later.

Don’t forget tip one, it makes all the difference 😉

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