With the majority of the UK spending more time inside, it’s no surprise that pets throughout the nation are loving having their humans at home. Constant cuddles, longer walks and daily treats have become the norm and it’s been the perfect opportunity to spend more quality time with our beloved furry friends.
Plus, you know them more than anyone else – so now is the ideal time to capture their personality with a spot of pet photography. It is a great way to pass an afternoon too! (and you’ll have the cutest photos of them once you’ve finished…)
Read on to find out how all pet owners can channel their inner pet photographer by creating their very own photography session.
Props for Their Personality
Your pet is special to you for a reason, but capturing that essence and personality on camera isn’t always easy. To help, consider your settings and props for your photos that will show off your pet’s unique personality.
If your pet likes to spend their days lounging around, a photo shoot indoors surrounded by their favourite cushions and blankets is a great way of showcasing their sleepy nature. Likewise, if your pet loves being outdoors and enjoys their long walks, getting out in the garden to capture your pet is a great way to show off their personality. You should also consider what could make your pet stand out from the crowd. Do they have a serious expression that makes them look almost human like or any funny habits they tend to do? If so, make sure you focus on these in your pictures.
Take a Moment to Set The Scene
It’s not just humans that benefit from the beauty of an Insta-worthy background – when taking pictures of your pets it’s vital to consider all the elements of your shot. Consider the story you’re telling with your photo and look at your pet’s features, choosing a background that tells this story and shows off their best bits. Making use of various props and features you have within your home that your pet gravitates too will make the photos stand out. Position them with their favourite toy or sitting in their dedicated spot on the sofa to show off the parts of their personality that make them unique.
Focus on the Eyes
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul – and that also applies to animals, who can convey so much emotion in just one look.
Capture that emotion in your images by focusing on their eyes. Don’t rely on your camera’s automatic settings for this – most phones and cameras will let you manually select a focus point on your photo.
Pay attention to the rule of thirds too, as this will draw the your eye towards your beloved pet. You can do this by cropping the image to get your animal’s eyes in either the upper or lower quadrant of the photo, to create a stunning photo that tugs on the heart strings.
Make the Most of Natural Lighting
When it comes to pet photography, natural light is always best. Not only will using the flash cause red eye on your pet photos – not great when you’re trying to capture your pet’s best side – but it can cause distress and scare your animal, which you definitely don’t want to do. Try taking your shots during the day in your garden or in a room with a large window that has lots of natural light. This will help capture your them more naturally and will help them feel more at ease, as well as producing stunning photos.
Get Up Close and Personal
Animals, especially if they’re small, can get a bit lost when photographed against big backdrops, so getting up close and personal when photographing your pet is vital.
Use treats to keep them engaged and continue to praise them to keep them calm when taking photos of them up close, or get someone to help direct your pet to look at the camera by standing next to you with a toy or treat. Patience is key here – you might have to wait a while and spend some time to get the perfect shot, but it will pay off in the end.
Turn Them Into a Work of Art
Once you’ve captured the perfect shot, make the most of your achievement and show off the cuteness. From a Framed Print, to a Photo Mug or a Personalised Phone Case, your furry friend deserves to be centre of attention. Plus, you get to be reminded of their gorgeous little faces every time you look at your new print.