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7 Tips for Taking Great Pictures of Your Pet!

7 Tips for Taking Great Pictures of Your Pet!

By Anne Mary Schaefer, Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography

1:  PLAY FIRST
Life is all about fun, play & THEM - Don’t even try to take their picture  until  after you’ve had a good  romp. After your “star” has had a chance to burn off some energy and they are happy and relaxed, you can capture magic!

2: TREATS
Never, underestimate the power of healthy, yummy treats in accomplishing your mission! I recommend teeny bits of salmon or chicken. Fidois alert and totally ‘gets’ what’s in it for him.7 tips for taking great pictures of your pets

3: FUNNY NOISES & VOICES
Funny sounds and voices are a must have in your repertoire. Mix it up but, don’t overuse or they’ll tune you out. Don’t make sounds that frighten them, you want them to wonder, “what is that funny noise?” Get your shot lined up and then at just the right moment, for the maximum effect make your noise or voice

4: LIGHTING
Be in as much NATURAL light as possible. Animals are FAST. Their expressions and movements change more rapidly than a child’s. Their eyes are acutely sensitive to light.Ever seen those photos of cats with glowing eyes? They have a membrane that reflects light, causing something bright like a flash to reflect! That’s why natural lighting is the best way to go.

5: MOMENTS MATTER
When you are waiting for “the moment” there are three things that happen.• Random behavior - it’s cute but not what you really want.• The pre-moment – this is the time that you just know that something totally adorable is about to happen.• The moment is over. Notice that the third thing was not the moment itself? That’s because by the time you realize it’s happening, it is too late to get the shot. The point here is that you need to be prepared to shoot RIGHT BEFORE you think it’s going to happen.

6:  IF YOU DIDN’T get “The Shot,” Don’t give  up!
Don’t allow yourself to get impatient! Animals especially, pick up on moods like impatience or anger. When you get upset, your star will begin to think “and what’s my motivation?” and it’s all-downhill from there. Remember to work from a gentle place of fun, play, love and patience and you’ll be rewarded

7:    FRAME INVENTORY
Check out what is in the picture WITH your pet. You think you have a great picture lined up. You are focused on the smile on your subject’s face, clickoff the shot and when you look at the picture later, you notice that you have completely missed the telephone pole coming out of someone’s head. Or you’ve timed your dog’s running just right, you take the shot AND when you look at  it later there’s a car behind him from that angle instead of the green lawn you thought you saw. This is called doing a Frame Inventory

And those are some of my best expert tips for taking great photos of your beloved furry (or feathery) friend! I hope they help you create some amazing shots of your star.

So, keep on trying, remember to be patient and it will happen!