This next photography article is near and dear to my heart! My pets are some of my very favorite subjects to photograph. Jeremy and I melt over old photos of our pug so I try to take as many as possible of our new dachshund. It’s not always easy to photograph (hyper) animals but here are a few tips that might help… 1. Use Treats. (Duh, right?) This is the easiest trick in the book! Just grab your pets favorite treat (or toy) and hold it directly above or beside your lens. I took this photo of Dolly today and it took me 20 photos to get one good one because she was jumping around so much… worth it, though! Without the treat I probably wouldn’t have gotten a usable photo.2. Use Props. This photo of my mom’s pug, Gigi, was taken on the day we brought her home. I grabbed a salad bowl from my kitchen table and set her in it. Brand new puppies are a little bit more calm I don’t think I could get either of my (older) dogs to sit on a bowl now! Work with what you have a try different props until something works.3. Dress Up. Cheesy as it may be, animals in costumes are ADORABLE. I love costumes and the more your pets wear them, the less they will mind them. Here’s an iPhone pic of Dolly stealing my glasses…
4. Use Window Light When taking an indoor photo of your pet be sure to turn OFF your flash and use natural light. We’ve all seen photos of dogs and cats with “devil eyes” which are caused by using an on-camera flash. Turn your flash off for a much nicer image! If you are low on light guide your pet near a window. Position your back to the window with your pet in front of you (facing the window). Most of my favorite indoor photos of my puppies were taken using this method.5. Pose With Your Pet When you are in the photo with your pet there will automatically be more personality, even when your face isn’t shown. I think it highlights the family aspect of having a pet. Photos where you are snuggling, playing or sleeping will be treasured memories that you will keep! I hope these tips inspire you to take more photos of your furry friends this week. xo. elsie
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Thanks for the tips! Stupidly I never thought of using treats to stop my little Jackahuahua Lola from wriggling around.
I just came across your blog via pinterest, and I love it! I have 2 mini dachshunds and a Westie, and of course I was drawn to your mini dapple, Dolly. She is precious. I am from St. Louis and couldn’t help but notice your husband’s Cardinals shirt. I have never seen that one before. Could you tell me possibly where it’s from?
Dolly reminds me so much of my Roxi pup!! They look so much alike. Roxi is a dapple dachshund too but she’s long haired. I love seeing pics of Dolly!! Roxi NEVER lets me get a good photo. She jumps around like a maniac and all I get are pics filled with motion *smh* Thanks for the tips!! 🙂
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These doggies are super cute! Wonderful tips!!
These will definitely come in handy for shooting my Vizsla puppy…though right now she’s so hyper it’s impossible for her to sit still!
Just loving this photo tips series, Elsie. I think I’ve favourited each one so far in my reader 😀 Am going to have to go back and download them to keep as a little reference file for when I’m planning a photoshoot! All so cute and useful. Love them!
Aside from humans, animals can be good models as well. One might wonder, taking these shots might be a bit challenging since you have to study your pet’s behavior and be prepared with their every move. An outdoor shot with your pet would make a fascinating photograph as well.
Ha love this! I take pictures of my cat all the time and put it on my blog in a weekly feature and have a lot of fun playing around with it!!
Great advice! I’m totally inspired to take more pics of my pups!
We just got a puppy, a black cocker spaniel named Rocco! I can’t wait to get some good photos of him using your photography tips!
Pets are so fun to photograph! You inspired me to take a few shots! I go shooting now! ♥
Great tips, and of course, I love these pictures because they feature my two favorite dog breeds, dachshunds and pugs!
i like your all per shoots especially of bulldog..its ma favorite dog
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Excellent post! My pets are my favourite subjects too.