Top tricks, hacks and tips on taking photos of your pet

Our top tips on taking the best pictures of your pet, just like the professionals do.

14th April 2022

We know just how hard it can be to snap the perfect photo of your pooch or feline friend. They seem to know when you want to capture their pose and do their best to avoid looking at the camera or your phone. We caught up with our in-house photographer, Ben Hanson, for his top tips on taking the best pictures of your pet, just like the professionals do. We also had our Internal Communications Manager have a go with her cats to see just how easy it can be to capture our pets at their very best.

Make the most of natural light

Try to place your pet next to a window or as close to one as they’ll let you, even if it means moving furniture so that you’re able to achieve the perfect lighting.

examples of photographs taken in natural light

Use your phone’s light if you have to

If you’re not able to move your pet or want to capture a candid shot without disturbing them but the lighting is terrible, try and use a phone’s torch to shine at your cat or dog while taking the photo with another device. This won’t be as good as natural lighting, but it can help illuminate your pet!

If you don’t have a second phone or the torch isn’t strong enough you can manually change your camera’s setting to help with low light shooting.

Get creative and change your perspective

Instead of taking a photo from above, try getting down onto your pet’s level. Crouch down or lie on the floor to change the perspective of your photographs. These new angles really can refresh your style while focusing the camera on your pet’s eyes can make for a soulful portrait if that’s what you’re after!

examples of photos taken in different perspective

Top tip: try taking a photo of your cat through their play tunnel if they have one! It’ll add creative depth to your photography!

Have a go at reflection photos

Try to take a photo of your dog’s reflection in a puddle and flip the photo or capture your cat gazing through the window to add some interesting elements to your shots! This might be a little trickier than the other ones so keep trying! 

Use a treat, ball or toy

Taking photos of your canine companion or feline friend is much easier with some help! Getting someone to keep your pet engaged and distracted with a treat, ball or toy will allow you to handle the camera without having to multitask. If you’re alone, you might be able to manage to hold a bribe with one hand and snap the photo with the other.

examples of toys being used as a distraction

Top tip: hold the treat, ball or toy where you’d like your pet to look but behind the camera, so it doesn’t get in the way of your snap!

Less is always more!

A messy or busy background can distract from your photo’s subject. If you can’t change what’s behind your pet, get in close so you don’t show a lot of it and keep the focus on your cat or dog. This way, they’ll get the attention they deserve!

Editing your photos

Now that you have your photos, it’s time to make them even better with some editing. Most phone cameras include tools to straighten crooked framing and enhance the existing colour and adjust exposure to really make your pet pop!

examples of edited pet photos

Top tip: the cropping tool is great for eliminating unwanted background elements.

Have fun and enjoy the outtakes

Sometimes the best photographs end up being the ones we didn’t mean to take! The ones where we’re attacked by wet kisses mid shoot or we’re left with the blur of a distracted pet. Whatever you end up with, some of them might not be perfect but make sure you have fun, regardless.

examples of funny outtakes

Remember: you’re making memories with your pet and creating something to remember them by!

Taken some shots you’d like to share? Show us on our Facebook page and let us know how you managed to capture your cat or photograph your pooch!

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