Pet Photography Tips

Taking good pictures of our furry friends can be a challenge.  I did a little research and found some helpful tips for getting those great shots.  At the bottom of the post is a printable infographic as well.

Focus on the Eyes

“Eyes are the Window to the Soul” – focusing on your pet’s eyes can show their true character.  Make sure the eyes are sharp and in focus.  Focusing on the eyes can create depth, emphasize an unusual eye color, and create a sense of familiarity.  Catching your pet when they are tired or have just expended a lot of energy will help.

Catch or portray your pet’s character or personality

You know your pet.  Are they goofy, a snugglebutt, or the mighty hunter?  Capture their personality and character traits in your photos by getting a photo of them when they are not expecting it.  Let them play and be themselves and take photos of them.

Burst Mode

Got a high energy – active dog?  Set your camera to burst mode.  This will allow you to capture all of the activity and pick out the best shots later.

Natural Light

The best place to get great shots of your pet is outside, in the sunshine.  But the best time of day to get those photos is early in the morning or late in the evening.  If you have to take pictures in the middle of the day, try to find a shady or dappled-shady spot.

Get on their level

Get down on the ground and get some great shots of your pet in their native environment.  Play with the angles and have fun!!



Otherwise known as treats, toys, words of praise & encouragement.  Have an assorted bag of tricks to get and keep your pet’s attention while you are trying to catch that perfect photo.

Want to have these tips in a handy printable pdf? Pet Photo Tips Infographic

Tag us in your photo journey with your pet!!  We want to see those beautiful fur-babies!


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