8 Tips For Capturing The Perfect Pet Photo

Get The Shot With Some Skills Plus Patience

By Jackie Cooper

Do you ever scroll through Insta and wonder, how on earth do people consistently get perfect shots of their pet? Well, with the hundreds of shoots we’ve done for our Doggy Style section, we thought it was time to pass on a few tips for how to get a magazine-worthy photo of your number one! Have a look at our 8 must dos:

1) Enlist Some Help

One thing we can say with certainty is, nothing makes your life easier than a dog wrangler! An extra hand or two on set – to manage and primp the fluffy talent – or to help get their attention, can be just what you need. If you help your friend, we’re sure they’ll return the favor. 

2) Find The Light

Most photographers find the best light is when you have warm, natural sunlight.To avoid harsh light, try shooting in the mornings or evenings, on slightly overcast days, or in the shade on a bright day. Your pup will appreciate not being in the sun!

A bright setting allows for a faster shutter speed – you’re going to need this to capture them because dogs are QUICK!

3) To Prop Or Not To Prop

What’s your dog’s personality? Are they a minimalist? An attention seeker? A fashionista of sorts? Props and fashion items can add an extra element of fun or whimsy, but they aren’t for everyone. Decide on a style that suits you both.

4) Composition

Try getting at dog’s level to get that perfect shot. Pay attention to the background and what’s going to be in your frame. Styling is important, so make sure the area is clean and photo-ready.

Switch it up – don’t stick with one distance from the subject. Get close to your woofie and get some shots of them exploring the space you are in. You may be surprised by which shots you love most. 

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