In February 2016 we ran a Facebook photo competition with a pet theme, see who won here. You showed us what pet photo tips work best when tackling the tricky task of photographing your animals.
Tip 1: Use natural light
Use the available natural light indoors and out to capture a natural looking portrait with a great atmosphere. The image of Boela was an unplanned ‘out-take’ which ended up being Elmarie’s favourite shot. With pets, you can’t always plan the outcome of the shoot so go with the flow.
Tip 2: Take them where they are most comfortable
Pets are similar to children when it comes to photographing them, they like to be where they are most comfortable. Take them on a hike, for a swim, walk or car ride and capture them when they’re distracted.
Tip 3: Include the humans
Tip 4: Use nature as a backdrop
Pets love to be outdoors and nature can make a wonderful backdrop for any type of pet, big or small. The sunset backdrop of Rusty the Abyssinian taken at Oyster Bay resulted in an unusual pet portrait. The garden backdrop of little Kassidy-Rae with precious Honey-Boo created a perfect backdrop for their garden cuddle.
Tip 5: Get them moving
Tip 6: Always have your camera or phone handy
Classic portraits showing their whole face can be difficult to take, try treats if they’re close by, or a longer lens if they’re moving towards you from a distance. It’s helpful to have someone help you with these shots, with you interacting with the animal and someone else capturing their expressions.
Tip 7: You’ll never get tired of smiles
Tip 8: Pets Got Talent?
Don’t forget to take pictures of that unique talent or behaviour that your pet has, this is all part of capturing on camera the personality and character of your pet. Video is useful for capturing talents and fun moments.
Tip 9: Sleepy head
Pets move around a lot. Often the only time you can catch a photo frame of them is when they’re tired, or even sleeping. This is especially true of puppies! Sleepy head photos are beautiful and often make great portraits if they’re against a plain coloured blanket (this may be the time to let them on the bed!).
Tip 10: Use props
Some of you love to photograph your pets in a theme or story style. You’ll be amazed how simple this can be to set up in your own garden or during a human party! A simple bow-tie addition works wonders.
Enjoy photographing your pets! Share the results with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and turn your images into works of art to hang at home or in the office with these pet photo tips. Read how Rebecca and others did just that.
All image copyrights remain with each PrintWild client. Pet images sourced from PrintWild’s Facebook page, Feb Photo Competition and Fran’s image has been used with permission on our blog.