We love our pets like family and want to celebrate the joy and unconditional love they bring to our lives. Capturing special moments, either candid or posed, with our pets on film is one way to show our love for them. At Michael Broyles Photography, it is not unusual for customers to schedule photo sessions with their pets. However, not everyone can afford a professional photo shoot and not every pet is willing to come into a studio to have his or her picture taken. Luckily, it is possible to take great photos of your pets with your camera and on your own time. Here are five tips to get you started.
Use Natural Light
Natural light is just as important when taking photos of your pets as it is for people, if not more so. Using a flash can frighten or distract your pet, not to mention cause red-eye in the resulting image. Seek out bright, diffused light whenever possible for the most flattering pictures. This can be achieved either outside or in a well-lit room by a window.
Shoot from Your Pet’s Perspective
It is easy to forget that our pets do not experience the world in the same way we humans do. To create photos that truly capture your pet’s personality you need to get down to their level; that is, put yourself in their world. This not only allows you to experience how they view life, but can put your pet more at ease and make him or her feel more comfortable with getting their photo taken. This is especially important for small animals, who can get lost in photos unless you make an effort to get up close and personal with them.
As pet owners know all too well, it does not take much to get a dog, cat, or another furry friend excited or scared. Speaking too loudly or moving too quickly can alarm or confuse your animal. Instead, be patient, slow down, and try to use as many nonverbal cues as possible. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed and willing your pet will be to follow your commands. If you need to use verbal commands, say them calmly, quietly, and only once or twice.
Focus in on their Personality
Your pet has a unique personality and just like snowflakes, no two pets are like. Take a moment to reflect on what makes your pet stand out and attempt to capture these character traits in your photos. To take this a step further, be sure to pay special attention to their eyes and facial expressions. Just as with people, your pet’s eyes convey emotion and are “windows to the soul.” Focusing in on your pet’s expressions in that moment can result in engaging and memorable photos.
Above all, keep the mood light and fun for your pet. It is not easy to hold an animal’s attention for very long, so keeping them engaged and interested is key. Include your pet’s favorite toy or offer treats as motivation. Making an effort to create a positive experience for your pet will put them at ease during future photo shoots and help you guarantee a perfect shot time and time again.
Have a pet who is ready for his or her close up? Perhaps you have a friend with a particularly photogenic pet. If so, you are in luck! When you refer a friend or family member to Michael Broyles Photography, you will receive a $100 credit toward your next photo session. Give us a call today to learn more about our Referral Program and to schedule a consultation.