Our pets are part of our family, so naturally we want to take great photographs of them. Pet photography can be a bit tricky at times, but here are a few tips that will ensure you get great shots of your four legged friends:

1. Have an Assistant

If possible, enlist a family member or friend to help you. While you may have your camera pointed at your pet, he or she may want to look anywhere but your camera, especially if you are outdoors. Having someone stand behind you to get your pet’s attention while you operate the camera will get your pet to look in your general direction, giving the illusion that they’re looking at the camera.

2. Props

Just as you might use props when photographing people, try incorporating props into your pet photography. Why? Because it’s just plain cute!

3. Action Shots

If your pet just isn’t in the mood to cooperate for a photo-shoot, don’t worry – photographing them being themselves can make for images just as great (and sometimes, even better) than trying to get them to pose for the camera. When taking action shots, be sure to use a fast shutter speed in order to really capture the motion without the image being blurry.

4. Get Low

Lowering your camera angle, and making yourself eye level with your pet, can make for great close-ups, as well as help you get creative with your focus, like blurring the foreground or background of your image.


5. Play

Similar to action shots, playing with your pet while photographing them can create fun and natural shots, letting your pet’s personality shine through.

6. Patience

Last, but certainly not least – be patient. Getting a great shot of your pet may take some time and practice, but the more you shoot, the more likely you are to get a great shot.

7. Also, don’t forget the pet treats!