Can we all agree that taking the perfect picture of your pet is not as easy as it seems?
Charlie sit, stay, look at me, *clicks fingers for pets attention* argh!
Taking a good photo of your pet can be tricky; as most are not natural born posers…
Not to worry, our 5-step guide to taking the perfect picture of your pet will help you capture that Kodak moment!
Step One: Work with Your Pet’s Personality
Some dogs are gentle, slow moving and calm; while others jump, lick and run laps of the yard.
Think about what makes your pet unique and work with these qualities.
For example, photograph your playful pooch during a game of fetch, or your cat that enjoys snoozing for hours, on a cosy blanket next to the fireplace.
Try to avoid encouraging your pet into unnatural situations; as showing their true personality always looks best.
Step Two: Ensure a Relaxed Atmosphere
Getting your pet to pose in a studio is not only difficult, but they probably won’t enjoy it either.
In fact, most pets are more likely to relax and be their best selves in a familiar environment; at home, in the garden, or even the beach.
Try make your little photo shoot fun for everyone, and ensure there is plenty of interaction and breaks.
Step Three: Work With Natural Lighting
For the most desirable lighting, try photographing your pet during the day and preferably outside.
Also avoid using a flash, as this will not look as effective and can also frighten your pet.
In additional to good lighting, you also want to consider the surroundings.
An adventurous dog against the backdrop of a crystal clear beach makes for a pretty amazing shot.
Step Four: Get On Your Pet’s Level
Our best tip to you, is to get on your pet’s level.
Kneeling down when photographing animals really does make a huge difference.
Photos taken from a low camera angle will help make your pet the central focus in the final image.
Aim for the eyes and you’ll capture your pet’s unique personality.
And if your pet is acting calm or a little sleepy, this is a great chance to get up close and personal.
Most importantly, experiment! Try a close-up portrait or a fun action shot.
Another great tip is to take your photos with your subject off-centre, and have something interesting in the background.
Not only will this look nicely balanced, but your friends will think you’re a pro!
Step 5: The Winning Shot
Keep things simple, stay relaxed, and just have fun with it!
Encourage plenty of action by having a selection of toys and treats on standby. This will allow for a range of different shots.
And most importantly, aim to harness your pet’s natural spontaneity and instinct. Your dog might suddenly do something funny, so be alert and ready to capture the moment.
Overall, your little photo shoot most likely won’t turn out quite as you imagined, but you’ll soon see that this makes for some super cute photos, and some memorable moments shared with your best friend.
We’d love to see your pets and our tips put to use! Share your perfect pet photos on our Facebook page.