Introduction: Tips for Taking a Fantastic Photo of Your Pet

Our pets mean everything to us and they are always being interesting. Have you ever thought, "I wish I had my camera!" for one of those great moments? Of course you have, so the greatest tip of all is simple. Always keep it on you and you'll never miss a shot! Follow them everywhere, stalk them, watch them sleep. Do whatever it takes.Try these fun and creative tips!

Step 1: Catch Them Being Bad

Our animals are always getting into trouble. Take advantage of that! Then you can scold them for being bad...

Step 2: Find Out Where They Hide

Cats are notorious for finding the cutest spots. It's just a matter of finding them, but they never cease to amaze in how clever they can really be.

Step 3: Catch Them at Their Finest

Sleeping, relaxing? It all makes for great moments you can cherish forever.

Step 4: Talk to Them

Chances are your pet responds well to your voice. Talk to them!

Step 5: Frame Them!


Step 6: Give Them Props!

Find something for them to interact with - a few cut out shapes can add a little symbolic warmth to a picture.
Also, if you have a DSLR, a little bokeh is always nice. Try it with a quick DIY filter! Just remember, the shapes show up with a large aperture and with a single point light source - like string lights.

Props are awesome and easy to find, put them in a place you wouldn't usually find them...try a bucket or a plant!

Step 7: Kick It Old School

Digital is super easy and very convenient, but film can be beautiful too.

A good ol' fashioned "black and white" disposable camera from Walgreens and CVS come fairly cheap, sometimes the results can be surprising and it may result in a blue tone. Also they often don't charge you for the picture you aren't happy with when you're picking it up for processing - even if it's just because it's a bad shot, it's no questions asked. Just remember to look through the photos at the store! 

If you are really daring try slide film. This is a very expensive option so shoot wisely! Processing it can be difficult as its hard to find a place to process it.

Film can be a bit pricey, so if you're going digital try throwing the white balance off on your camera to get a unique tone. Or you can make it black and white and hand color it with prismacolor markers!

Step 8: Be Silly, Give Them Clothes

Not everyone is into it and and some people are just way too into it, but clothes or a little pet costume can be fun. Chances are the animal won't be enthused but that just might result in a great photo.

Step 9: Get Closer

A great photographer once said, "If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

So try it! Photos don't always have to be of their cute little faces - catch their fur, a unique part of them like an extra toe if you have a polydactyl kitty, zoom in on their nose. There is so much more than your typical shot.

Step 10: Jump on in There

Don't be shy, those guys are your family - so take a family photo! It doesn't have to be traditional, it can just be an interaction.

Step 11: Have Multiple Pets?

Get them to interact with each other! It's always great to have everyone in there.

Step 12: Make a Montage

Don't limit yourself to just one photo, go crazy! Okay, well maybe not too crazy because the picture can end up being just too much and feel cluttered. You want to be able to focus in on the awesomeness of each individual image.

Step 13: A Couple Things to Keep in Mind

It seems obvious - but keep your camera with you as much as possible.
It may be tough, but try to get them in focus.
It doesn't have to look like it was done professional studio, it just has to portray your pet's personality.
Be creative and have fun!

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mary+candy made it!(author)2011-08-28

Nice cats.
But the black one is the most cute.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-08-18

I totally appreciated these pictures! You have a gift girl! I am sharing this with my kids. they will love it! Thanks for sharing all your fun!

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ChrysN made it!(author)2011-08-16

Cute photos!

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Shancasso made it!(author)2011-08-17

Aw, thank you!

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2011-08-17

So adorable. And some great advice. I like the idea of documenting misbehavior. :-D

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Babyshoes made it!(author)2011-08-17

Some cute pics there. My ferret pics are often blurred, unless they are asleep!

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WarrenGHarding made it!(author)2011-08-16

That cat doesn't seem to like what you're saying too much.

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