Taking good photos of your pet can be really challenging and something people often struggle with. Here's a few things I look for in a photograph when I’m working on a commission pet portrait and some tips on how to make your photo session less stressful for you and your pet so that you can capture that perfect portrait worthy image.
Strike a pose
What is unique about your dog, cat or horse? Remember that I don’t know them the way you do. I can only be guided by you and what you tell me about them so try to make your photos reflect your pet’s personality. Maybe your pet cat has a particular way it holds his head or folds its paws; maybe your dog always has its tongue out or is covered in mud!
Try to get a photo of them doing what they do best, don’t force an unnatural pose as it just won’t feel like your pet. If you stay relaxed, your pet will too.
Action shots of your dog or horse running can look really dramatic but they can be very difficult to capture due to blurring. If you have a good camera or an app that will allow adjustable shutter speeds then go for it!