This weekend at the Canadian Pet Expo, I got to connect with so many sweet pets and their friendly owners. I received many kind words (thank you!) and many questions about how I do what I do. I even had a few ask to shadow/assist me while I work (what a compliment!). Well, in response, here are a few of my secrets to capturing great photos of your pets on your own. No fancy gear necessary!
TIP 1 - GET DOWN LOW
We're so much taller than our pets and so used to seeing them from up above. Photographing them from that perspective is boring! Get down. This will allow you to capture them from a unique perspective. Getting on their level will portray your pet with a sense of dignity. To get this shot of Kali, I was on my belly, straining my neck!
TIP 2 - GOOD LIGHTING (IS FREE)
In photography, good lighting does not mean expensive, sophisticated, or carefully tuned and adjusted. It just means BRIGHT. The brighter the better. This will allow you to capture sharp images (not blurry) without much noise (not grainy). When you're shooting at home, turn all the lights on, open the curtains, and bring your pet to the brightest area you can. Or just go outside under the sun like I did with Goose the farm cat!
TIP 3 - MAKE AN INVESTMENT (JUST YOUR TIME)
If you want to create a stunning image that captures your pet's spirit and personality, that makes your heart swell with love for them, you've got to make an investment. If you want a timeless image, you've got to invest some time.
We've got to give our pets ample time to give us a beautiful pose and connection with the camera. So don't rush! Spend at least 15 minutes and see what happens. My photoshoots are 60-90 minutes long. To me, that time is a small investment considering that we're creating timeless art of our pets to be adored for decades to come.