Hands up if your camera roll is filled with pics of your pets (guilty as charged)! Capturing cute pictures of your fur-babies has become even easier in the age of the smartphone and with a few great tips you’ll be photographing your favourite furry friend like a pro in no time!
Here are our tips on how to get that Insta-worthy pic:
Use natural light:
We’ve all taken photos with the flash on before and we all know – it’s not so pretty.
Ollie and Oscar prefer to be photographed in natural lighting when possible:
“If you’ve seen our Instagram you would know that we like to think of ourselves as professional models, but really it’s all about natural lighting”
We would suggest scheduling a photo shoot early in the morning, or in the afternoon. Afternoon light is diffused which means that it’s sure to flatter your pet. Try and avoid taking photos in bright sunlight, as it’s not as flattering and isn’t too kind on your pet’s eyes.
Patience makes perfect:
Let’s be honest, although they might be some of the cutest models, our pets definitely aren’t the most focused. Capturing a cute snap of your pet isn’t going to be as easy as snapping a few pictures with your friends on the weekend, that’s for sure.
Patience is key when it comes to pet photography. Don’t expect to grab the perfect shot straight off the bat. It might take 10 to 15 minutes to get a good shot of your pet, so be willing to invest some quality time!
Get on their level:
We all have our good and not so good angles, like when you open up front-facing camera unexpectedly (we’ve all been there)! No matter how big or small your furry friend is, make sure you get on their level to grab the best snap.
Always be prepared:
Luckily, most of us walk around with a camera in our pocket 24/7, so we can be prepared to whip our phones out at any second to grab a candid snap of our pets.
Sometimes spontaneous photos can be the best, so get your camera out when you’re playing catch, when your kitty is staring longingly out of the window, or when you’ve just come home with a fresh pack of your pet’s favourite treats.
The natural moments are sometimes the most precious!
Create a relaxing environment:
If you want to get the best out of your pet, make sure they’re feeling happy and relaxed.
Our friend George says that a relaxing environment is the key to a successful photo shoot:
“Let me fill you in on a secret to get a great photo. Always remember that I need to feel safe and comfortable so that I can relax”
Scheduling an Insta-shoot after your pets’ just woken up from a nap, or after a walk or play will produce the best results.
Play some tug-of-war or catch with your pet will get their blood pumping and create like-worthy smiles.
Bribes, lots of bribes:
I mean if you can get your pet to pose perfectly without bribing them with some treats then you’re one lucky pet-parent!
Lulu and Finn know it’s photo time when their pawrents get out their favourite toys:
“The humans think we don’t notice the camera when they dangle our toy mice above it (silly humans)!”
Grab your pet’s favourite toy or treat and hold it above the camera to capture their attention. Most animals will do anything for a slice of cheese, so using bribes is definitely a great way to get their attention!
Of course, don’t forget to shower them with treats and cuddles after you grab the winning snap.