How to Take a Perfect Photo of Your Pet 

Taking pictures of your pet can be fun and can create fond memories, as well as preserve your special memories with them.  Amanda Myers with A Style Photography specializes in Pet Portraits, Product Photography, Children & Family Portraits in Orlando, FL. Here are some of her tips to make your pet photos be picture perfect!

  • High Light Your Pets Character
    • Just ask yourself: What is special about my pet? Do they like to play in the water? Do they love hanging out on the sofa? You know your pet better than anyone else, and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject. If you have a lazy cat, show them yawning. If your animal is of the playful type, show them in action performing their favorite trick.
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  •  Use Different Angles, Distances and Positions
    • Depending on the dog breed, you may have to crouch or lie down on your stomach to get the camera level with your pet. The goal is to shoot from their eye level or even lower, where you can see their expressions the best. Laying on the floor with your camera for a photoshoot as a rookie dog photographer can be scary.  Aside from shooting from above and at eye level, try shooting from below (particularly with larger dogs), to the side, and even behind them. Try shooting close-up images of the face, paws, or even the tail with your imagination.
  • Hight Light Your Pets Character
    • Just ask yourself: What is special about my pet? Do they like to play in the water? Do they love hanging out on the sofa? You know your pet better than anyone else, and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject. If you have a lazy cat, show them yawning. If your animal is of the playful type, show them in action performing their favorite trick.
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  •  Use Different Angles, Distances and Positions
    • Depending on the dog breed, you may have to crouch or lie down on your stomach to get the camera level with your pet. The goal is to shoot from their eye level or even lower, where you can see their expressions the best. Laying on the floor with your camera for a photoshoot as a rookie dog photographer can be scary.  Aside from shooting from above and at eye level, try shooting from below (particularly with larger dogs), to the side, and even behind them. Try shooting close-up images of the face, paws, or even the tail with your imagination.
  • Use Your Pets Favorite Toys, Food and Places.  
    • The most fundamental goal of Pet  photography is to capture the individuality and character of your Fur Friend. If they’re in an unusual setting, such as a studio, you’re less likely to acquire this. Allow your dog  to relax and play  in a park or in your own backyard. Allow cats to play with their toys or roam around the home.This should make them feel—and appear—more at ease in front of the camera. It will also make you feel more at ease if you are a new pet photographer!
    • Treats and Toys can also be used as bait, props, or tools to assist your pet become used to being photographed. Make the shot more fun and pleasurable by using incentives, like it should be!
  • Use Natural Lighting
    • Take your photos near a window for better lighting.  When photographing your pet , you don’t need to worry about flashes or sophisticated lighting settings. The best approach is to utilize natural, steady light that will not scare them or produce red-eye in your photographs. Whether you’re shooting with natural or studio lighting, the basic rule is to go for bright, diffused light to create more appealing photographs.
    • Hopefully your pets have a favorite spot near a window or maybe you can move their favorite bed or cat post near a window for their photo shoot.

During the summer she shot several dog splash photo sessions photographing dogs splashing in a local lake.  It was so much fun and she created great photos for the clients to keep forever.  Two of those became cute canvas photos that are currently hanging in a client’s hallway. She also has personally has five cats and she loves photographing them for every holiday, creates a photo book of them every year featuring a few of her favorite memories of them.  

  She currently takes holiday pet photos for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine, and Easter at local pet shops in the Winter Garden and Orlando, FL areas.  

To learn more about Amanda and her Services:

Amanda Myers, A Style Photography

Phone: 314-640-5487

E-mail: amanda@astylephotography.com

Website: https://astylephotography.com/events/

Instagram: astylephotographybyamanda

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