5 Tips and Tricks to Pet Photography

As a pet photographer myself, I am often asked for tips on how to get that perfect picture. Here are a few tips to help you get closer to achieving a great photo of your beloved pet!

Reward System

When you are taking pictures of your cat or dog, always be sure to have a reward system in place. For example, every time you get your pet to look at the camera, reward him/her with a treat. You can pick up a bag of Benny Bullys; they work great. Another great trick to get your pup or kitty to look at the camera is to hold something of high value above your camera. It could be a squeaky toy or a treat they really like.

Get Comfortable

Some pets can be very camera shy when taking pictures of your fur baby you will want to get them comfortable with the camera and any equipment you are using, this takes lots and lots of patience. Let them sniff around your camera or your phone and talk to them gently. It will help them get used to everything. It could take some time, so make sure you are prepared to devote some of your days to this activity.

Get On Their Level

Some of the best shots I have taken have been from the ground. Don’t be afraid to get dirty while taking pictures of your animals. Take your shots from lower angles to get a better perspective of your pet. Also, by getting down to their level, they will not feel like you are towering over them while taking pictures, that can be scary for some animals.


It is perhaps one of the most important tips; lighting is everything. Make sure you are in a well-lit room when you decide to take photos. Try and find a room with a window; natural light is easy to use and easy to find in your home. Have your pet sit as close to the window as you can. Good lighting is the key to getting your pet’s eyes to shine in the picture. You will want the light to be in front of your subject; this is best for portraits.

Have Fun

Having fun is even more important than lighting! Have fun! Animals feed off of your energy. If you don’t have fun…they know. If you are happy to be there, your furry friends will be happy to pose for you, and you may even get a few goofy shots. Overall, this is meant to be a fun experience for both you and your pet. So get out there and be sure to share your masterpieces with the world!

Written by: Sam Miller, ACA