CC eNews: Pet ‘Pawtraits’ - How to Capture in 6 Easy Steps

June 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Pepper's Joy © Camera Creations


Camera Creations | Photography in ISO Series | How to Capture Your Pet ‘Pawtraits’ by Monique Perera | June 2020

CC eNews is back!  Welcome to Camera Creations blog series of photography tips at home.

Whether you’re self-isolating or WFH - let’s face it we are all looking at things a little differently at the moment. So why not take a break and focus on some fun as there’s never been a better time to learn something new?

And who doesn’t love a great photo, right?

If you’ve been lucky enough to have a pet around during lockdown, this is the pawfect opportunity to practice your pet photography skills and try to get some beautiful portraits of your furry friend. Our next topic in our blog series is;

How to Capture Your Pet ‘Pawtraits’ in 6 Easy Steps.

For best results, if you have an actual camera - now’s your chance to use it. But if not, these tips can be applied to your phone camera as well.


How To Capture Your Pet 'Pawtraits' in 6 Easy Steps

How great have our pets been to keep us sane in ISO? Photographing pets is such a fun activity and no doubt when you post your shots, these are sure to brighten up someone’s day as well! 

Whether stuck at home or on a walk outdoors, here are some simple tips to help you capture your precious fur-babies.

1. Light & Bright 

Good lighting is key to any kind of photography. Morning and late afternoon are often great times to shoot outdoors or if you’re planning a posed photograph indoors, try placing your pet near a large window or a light source such as an open or glass door. Natural light produces the best results and we doubt your pets (like humans) appreciate lots of flashes in their faces, so avoid the flash. 


2. Get Down Low

For pet photography, it’s best not to just take pictures looking down as you’re so much taller than them, right? So for the most part, get down on their level and be creative with different perspectives. Try close-ups of the face or paws, and experiment with a variety of angles like from way down below (especially for bigger dogs), or from the side or from a distance.


3. The Eyes Have It

Focus on the eyes as they say, ‘these are the gateway to the soul’. The eyes are the most expressive part of an animal’s face, so if you want to create really engaging portraits, focus on the eyes and capture their interesting facial expressions as they evolve through the shoot.


Ruckus © Camera Creations 

4. Use Bribes...I mean...Treats

Treats can be super useful if your pet is reward-driven, and you’d like them to stay still or follow a command for a particular shot. The promise of treats will make even a partially well-behaved dog sit still for a few seconds, and cats might pay attention to treats or toys. Puppies can display some interesting behaviour and expressions with the use of a squeaky toy. 

5. Who's Who In The Zoo?

It’s important to capture your pet’s character. So if they are the sleepy type - then photograph your pet having a nap or tucked up in a cozy bed. An active beach lover? Then catch them in action, enjoying their favourite environment. You are aiming to tell the story of your pet and depict their character, just as you would a portrait.


Puppy Ella © Camera Creations

6. Be Patient & Have Fun!
Photographing pets is not unlike capturing babies and toddlers, they wriggle around...ALOT! They also take in our emotions like a sponge, so relax and have fun for the best results. Enjoy the shoot, take lots of photos and have patience - I can assure you this will be reflected in the best (and cutest) photos of your furry friend!

Beach Bobby © Camera Creations

Want Some More Pet Photography Inspo?
CLICK HERE to try your luck in this photo contest run by Applaws Natural Pet Food.

By the way, do you look just like your dog? Or maybe you know someone who does? 
One of my favourite animal photographers, Gerrard Gethings, captured photos of 25 pairs of dogs and their owners that look hilariously alike! View these amazing images HERE


Check out that hair! © Gerrard Gethings


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