Useful Photography Tip #10: Holiday Pet Photos

Stanta Claus #3
Stanta Claus #3

The holidays are upon us and with that comes many pictures. It seems like people are more likely to take pictures around this time of year. The gatherings, get-togethers, work functions, parties, these are all camera magnets. Along with pictures of family and friends, the family dog (or cat, rabbit, lizard, trained sloth) makes its way in front of the lens, or rather you put them in front of the lens.

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We all have seen enough shots of the back of your animal’s head or blurry streaks of fur. Here’s two things to help break out of the bad holiday pet photo phase.

  • Try to sit the animal down in front of a nice background. Really think about what all is going to be in the photo. Remove clutter and put a little thought into what’s behind the subject.
  • Get your animal to sit still and look at the camera, just like a regular portrait.
The second tip is probably the hardest but I have a solution for you. Take one of your pets treats, and either hold it right above the lens or do what I did and actually place it on the lens hood. My pug stares directly at that cookie and lets me take several shots.
Check out the shot of this tip in action as well as some finished shots below.
(FYI, his name is Stanley so for these pictures, we changed his name to Stanta Claus)
Place a treat on the lens (hood)

Place a treat on the lens (hood)

Stanta Claus

Stanta Claus

Stanta Claus #2

Stanta Claus #2

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