Anybody who owns a dog or cat loves to take pictures of them. Sometimes they are candid “happy snaps” while the pet is lying around or playing, but at other times, you want your pet to pose. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect photographs of your pet.
Use Bribes to Hold Their Attention
Perhaps the biggest challenge to taking pictures is convincing your pet to pose. Even if they are properly trained, there is no guarantee that they will cooperate. Often they look away from the camera or refuse to sit still. If you are having problems with getting your pet to look at you, hold a treat or a noisy toy above the camera. Then give a "Stay" command. If they still refuse to look at you, squeak or shake the toy to snag their attention. When the photo has been taken, reward them with the treat or toy. This method will help your pet to gain some discipline, so it can help with training, too.
All About the Eyes
If you want to take a picture of just your pet, make sure that you are at eye level with them. In addition, make sure that your backgrounds are not too complex, as it might cause the camera to focus on something other than your pet's face. We recommend that you avoid using flash at all times, as this may hurt your pets’ eyes and also leads to red eye in the picture (not a great look!).
Don’t Bore Them with Prolonged Shoots
Keeping your pet entertained can be a demanding task at the best of times, so the longer your photo shoots are, the more diva-like your pet will behave. Of course you want to ensure that they are actually enjoying themselves, so we recommend you keep sessions short and let them do their thing. Not every picture has to be posed. Some candid shots do a tremendous job of showing off your pet’s personality. Also, do not be afraid to use some of their quirks to set up “photo traps.” If you have a hardwood floor, send them sliding with a toy! Do they like drinking out of the toilet? Keep the bathroom door open! (Although you may not want to let her lick you for a while.) Use your imagination to pick up some terrific shots.
Use Props to Give Them Life
Try incorporating toys and other props for your dog or cat to pose with. Those simple shots of your pet holding a bone or chewing a toy mouse invoke much better memories than artificially posed pictures. These shots give a true reflection of the character of your pet.
Consider Getting a Camera Extender
A camera extender dramatically increases your opportunities for capturing photos of your pets, even when they think you are not looking. You can mount your digital camera on this extendable hand-held pole to look under tables or around corners. A camera extender will also make it easier for you to pose for a selfie with your pet.
These are just some of the ways you can take quality photos of your beloved friend. All it takes is some imagination and a little bit of patience.