photographing your pet, bribery usually works. For
dogs, try squeaky toys, treats, and that clicking
sound you make with your tongue. For cats, use
treats or a little bit of catnip sprinkled on the
floor. A piece of yarn or a feather teaser will
pet is doing that thing again. Itís the cutest thing
ever, and it must be snapped, shared and forever
immortalized on social media. Cats and Dogs of Instagram,
here we come. But what happens? Just as you reach for
the camera to compose the killer shot, your subject
bolts. The moment is gone forever, as are your dreams of
get it. Taking memorable photos of your pets is
challenging. But itís not impossible. Here are some
Instead of trying to get your pets to stare squarely
into the camera, consider photographing them in their
natural state, where their quirkiness and personality
emerge. Sleeping, playing, hunting, bathing or even
getting caught in the act of chewing up your favorite
pair of running shoes can make for truthful and
infinitely better photos.
Moments happen in the blink of an eye, so be prepared
and anticipate. Whether itís an iPhone or a
point-and-shoot camera, be familiar with its settings
and ready to shoot when cuteness strikes.
Good photography is all about light. Soft, even light
outdoors works best; morning and late afternoon are the
best times to shoot. Indoors, turn the flash off and use
available light. The flash produces a harsh effect as
well as red eye, and some pets are spooked by it. Try
posing your pet by a large window or open door.
Explore all angles and try the unexpected. Crouch down
to their level and shoot from their perspective. Zoom in
for visual impact so their face fills the frame. Isolate
a particular detail, like that big floppy tongue or
those gorgeous green eyes. And donít forget to pay
attention to the backgrounds ó youíll want them to
be clean and free of clutter.
Bribery usually works. For dogs, try squeaky toys,
treats or that clicking sound you make with your tongue.
For cats, use treats or a little bit of catnip sprinkled
on the floor. A piece of yarn or a feather teaser will
Finally, take lots of photos, and be patient. Itís all
a numbers game, and in the Digital Age, the duds can
easily be erased. If you can get one or two winners from
each session, the shoot will have been a success.