5 Pet Christmas card Photo Ideas

This Christmas, giving cards that are truly cute and feature your own pet will almost guarantee a spot on the receiver’s fridge door for a few months. With the new opportunities that digital photos offer in terms of enhancing online photos and editing pictures, there really are endless possibilities. Use some creativity and technology to make personalized cards this Christmas featuring your pet.

Relaxed Pets Make Better Pictures

Select a time of day when your pet is relaxed and happy. It is usually after a meal that most pets are at their calmest. On the other hand if you notice that during specific times of the day, your pet is very relaxed, you can pick this time as well. Finding the perfect time might take a bit of patience, depending on what pet you own. For instance, a pet turtle will be easier to take photos of than a curious kitten or a frisky puppy. Try getting an inquisitive, cute facial expression on your pet using toys, treats and your voice.

One or Two Good Ones Should Do

Make plans to take many photographs in order to come up with a couple of good ones. This is made easier with digital photography. Make sure you have a lot of ‘space’ in your charged battery or memory card. Don’t assume that one single session is going to be enough for you to take the perfect photo. It may take a few sessions to get a single great photo. If possible, attempt to take photos in light that is natural.

Dressing Up

For cats and dogs, many pet stores have a broad range of silly Christmas hats and cute collars. If the pet you are photographing is a fish, reptile or a bird, decorating their aquarium or cage is a good idea. You can use artfully arranged decorations on your tree such as tinsel, wreaths and candy canes. This way, your caged pet will have a cute holiday environment that is picture-perfect.

Close Up Photos

You will get a better card for Christmas if you take shots that are close-up. When subjects fill the photo screen, these tend to be more effective. You can use the features of ‘crop’ or ‘zoom’ to achieve a great close-up pet photo.

Christmas Themes


Find apps that offer Christmas background scenery and even digital ‘stickers’ you can add to your photo. Print out photos and attach these to cards with matching envelopes for the perfect Christmas card you can give away to your friends.

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

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