If you are interested in volunteering your photography talents at your local shelter, here’s a few articles you might find helpful.
- Pet photography 101: What is the best digital camera auto settings to use when photographing pets?
You can find these articles and much more on my examiner.com page
Southeast Missouri Pet Photography Examiner
And have a gander at this article as well. It’s written by my friend, photographer and author Gretchen Steele. Read what she has to say about the backgrounds of your images.
There are countless numbers of photographers who are willing to photograph pets but for some, it’s a high anxiety shoot. Why? Possibly because most photographers do not have the opportunity to photograph pets as often as they do other subjects or events?
Photographers can get plenty of practice shooting a wedding or three, human subjects are always available for practice, and events can be found in droves. But how many opportunities does the average photographer get to shoot pet photography?
If you are one of those photographers, amateur or pro, looking for avenues to practice, here are some helpful hints in finding them.
It takes a certain sort of person to photograph pets, and do it well. You can find photographers most anywhere who will do a good enough job to put a print on your wall. But only a person with a genuine love of animals will produce a portrait worth displaying for a lifetime.
Not just the kind of person who lovingly smiles at Butch as he or she pats Butch’s head, but the kind of person that wants to enjoy the playfulness in your pet no matter how young or how old, how big or how small, or how furry or bald.
When shopping for pet portraits choose a photographer that suits your pet’s needs as well as your own. The best way to do this is to take your pet with you when seeking a photographer. Let your furry friend sniff them out, literally. Observe any interaction your pet has with the photographer both initially and after they have gotten a chance to know each other. It should only take a few minutes. Sometimes you will know instantly.
Every photographer has a few tricks up their sleeve when trying to gain and maintain the attention of their models.
When photographing children you will see the photographer use toys that are cute, funny, and some that make noise. There is almost always a squeaker in the box somewhere. These items work wonderfully to draw out the smiles and laughter that makes so many child portraits priceless keepsakes. The sheer fun in it brings a child’s personality to the surface for capture.
This method works well when photographing animals as well and most attention getting items are readily available at local pet stores. There are a few items no pet photographer should be without. If you check the bags of a few, you will most likely find some or all of the following.
Note: Always discuss the use of any objects or treats with the pet owners before your photographic session begins. Some noise makers may be unpleasant for some pets and food allergies may prevent the use of treats. Always get to know your subject.
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Most photographers use props when shooting portraits. Props
are simply items used to enhance the personality of your subjects or to prop your subject upon. In some cases a family pet is used as the prop.
Where does one go to find the perfect prop? Well just about anywhere will do.
My favorite place to start is thrift stores
and flea markets
. There is no rule that says your equipment must be new and unused so why pay and arm and a leg for something when you can find the same item used, that will work just as well? I also like to look through old barns and buildings for things like old wooden boxes, pieces of wood and old equipment. Ebay
has a wealth of items suitable for a prop.
Getting to know your subject is a key element in portrait photography. It is of the utmost importance with pets.
With a human client you can question their likes and dislikes and find out a bit about what makes them click, and do so in a relatively short amount of time. A brief conversation with a few key questions is all it takes to determine what will be the best environment or setting to photograph your subject in or what look you are going for.
When photographing pets the process is not accomplished so quickly…..
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In order to photograph pets and get good results one must find an environment each animal is comfortable in. While some pets can be photographed in studio, many will require that the photographer get out and adapt to the animals preference. After all, what sort of portrait will it make to prop a skittish animal on a posing table three feet off the floor? FeFe the prize-winning Poodle may pose nicely on your table but JoJo the Bull Mastiff will likely be nervous with his feet that far from the floor.
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