Taking Pet Portraits: A Guide

Capturing cats and dignifying dogs

By leadbelly in Articles and Tips on Jun 20, 2014

Photographers love pets. Many have their own and whenever one acquires a new camera body or lens, more often than not they "test" it on their pets. How many times have we seen the obligatory "sleeping cat" or "playful puppy" shot in forums, social media pages, blogs, and even review sites (both respected and sham)? 

Too many to count.

Let's get one thing straight though, there's nothing wrong with photographing pets. In fact, I do it for a living. However, instead of settling for mediocre snapshots, why not give Boots and Bowser an air of dignity by giving them the professional treatment?

Mongrel in a Decorated Backdrop"Mongrel Dog"

The image above is of a mongrel dog that was rescued off the street. I was commisioned to take his photo, and was asked to make him look dignified. I would've gone with a plain backdrop, but the client (a pet rescue non-profit) insisted on using this one with props strewn about. 

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