Pet Photography Tips – Rebecca Fearn Photography

Pet Photography Tips

At first it might sound crazy to try get shots of your pet done, but if you’ve ever seen professional doggy shots or just super high-quality action shots of dogs in their most blissful natural states, you too will want to recreate your own for your pet. Pet photography isn’t as straight-forward as your typical human or landscape photography, that’s for sure. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your professional pet photography session, follow these tips for success.

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Safety First

Has your pet ever shown any fear or hostility towards strangers? This is important, as it could either prevent you from getting the best shots or possibly create an unsafe situation if your pet decides to go into fight-or-flight mode. Get your pet used to behaving around strangers first by taking them to public parks and spaces to train them a-la the “Dog Whisperer”. If they are a pet that predominantly stays in the house get them used to new visitors into the home.

Have Patience

As with kids and toddlers, pet photography requires some time to permit your subject to get settled with being shot. Invest some energy petting your four-legged friend and getting comfy before any work is started. Get them in a calm state if possible, I have a chocolate Labrador myself so am well aware that this sometimes is not possible!

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Coax them into great light, and attempt to anticipate their next activities. Sit tight for a while and you will find them to start to tolerate the new environment so you can get still photos.

Getting Action

Pets are probably not going to pause dramatically and look straight at you or down your lens. Utilize props from home, treats, sounds, and toys to attract them at the camera. Find what stands out enough to be noticed or remain behind the camera and converse with your pet when prepared to take a photograph. At times a straightforward shriek or kissing sound is all that is expected to get a feline or pooch to glance toward you.
Be mindful so as not to abuse your tricks or strategies, however. Pets will rapidly quit responding to your tricks if you use them too much without some kind of reward. Have lots of alternative strategies to try close by so you can continue taking a stab at something new when they begin disregarding you.


Take a few shots that incorporate you in the photo. Search for methods for exhibiting the bond between your pet. You can have a go at snuggling, taking a gander at each other, or playing together. These open doors regularly happen between your shots, when the pet is less agitated or taking a gander at you.

Have a great time!

All the above will help but if you are relaxed and enjoying yourself your pet will pick up on this and hopefully do the same. Pet lovers adore seeing their pooches, felines, and different furry or feathered friends acting naturally. Take a couple of shots of the pet while he or she is playing, yelling, doing a trick, or simply being gormless.

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Capturing pets requires persistence and lots of ideas. If you think you need a little help then there are some fabulous professional photographers who have the knack of getting those great pet shots. If you want to chat to me about capturing your furry or feathered friend then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 07763 610055. I look forward to speaking with you and meeting your animal pal.

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