How do you Photograph Your Pets

How do you photograph your pets? I can’t tell you how many times folks ask me that question followed by, “I can’t get good photos of my pet they move too fast or they never look at the camera etc”  Or  “I would love to have photos taken of my pet but they won’t sit still” Well I am here to share with you the secrets of photographing your pets. First of all the most common mistake folks make is to take their photos standing up and shooting down at their pet, you need to get down on their level, eye to eye so to speak. That way you have the opportunity to capture their cute faces and expressions. I don’t recommend using treats during the photo taking as they get entirely focused on the food and they will most likely move towards the treats. If you must use treats have someone hold the treat just slightly above the camera lens as you want them looking in your direction not off to the side or up. Try to save the treats for rewards and for being cooperative. Giving them a water break  is a good time to treat. If others are around ask them not to talk to your pet. I know they just want to help but the only voice they should be attracted to is the one that belongs to the person holding the camera. I make lots of crazy noises which works great with puppies and young dogs especially, but may also work with more mature dogs. You just never know what is going to work so you may have to get creative. Same goes for kitties although they tend to be more curious sometimes you just run into one who lives the aloof life with a capital A. When photographing your pets, try letting your pets  be themselves. You will be amazed at the photos you can get. It does require following them around so wear something you don’t mind getting dirty in as you will find yourself crawling after them some times. Watch them and position yourself accordingly. Never ever chase them, that is a losing battle.  In the photo below I positioned myself out in front of the dog who was moving along a dark stone wall. I was able to capture her moving towards me. As you can tell she is not paying attention to me at all but it made for a great image . Other things to be aware of are light, time of day, are there going to be dappled shadows on their faces or do you have nice even light. Don’t shoot out in the bright hot sun, shoot early or late in the day when the light is softer. So how do you photograph your pets? Work with them on their level, let them be themselves,  if you want them to look at you find a way to get their attention but it is not always necessary, sometimes those candid shots are the best ones, watch your light and above all else be relaxed and have patience, tons of it. . I hope these tips work for you but  if not, call Photography by Audrey Rose! I have never missed yet and I promise to get those long desired great shots of your fur baby!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for blog

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