Discover the Joy of Pet Photography

By: Gail Metcalf


Pet photography is something that many people like to do to capture a special moment in the life of their pet. For example, you have a cat and a bird, and they get a long surprisingly well. Why not capture those special moments when they're relaxing with each other. After all, there aren't many cats and birds that live peacefully together.

A beautiful example of pet photography is one is which a person plans an outing with their pet, and has the camera set to take a picture of them. Of course, you'll have to plan the logistics of this photo and have everything setup in advance of taking the shot. Do a few practice runs with your pet and then set the timer appropriately.

People that have invested in purebred animals like to photograph their pets that they show. There are plenty of events and situations to photograph with your pet, especially while practicing and then the actual participation in the shows. Imagine all the photos you can get with other pet owners and the people you meet!

Perhaps the most common reason that people are interested in pet photography is for use for holiday cards. I'm sure you've received a few holiday cards with the family pet showcased. While people can plan and execute their own pet photography, many local pet stores offer this service for their customers. Look for special offers on major holidays when special backdrops have been setup. The best photos can often be achieved by getting the pet to focus their attention on something specific, like a toy.

Pet photography is one of those hobbies that is both fun and relaxing. Not only do you get to take pictures with your favorite camera, but you also get to interact with pets at the same time.

If you are the owner of a dog, and photography is your hobby, then consider opening a dog photography studio. To attract the most customers, you will most likely have to be able to photograph dogs of all breeds and sizes. You can do informal pictures or formal pictures. Informal pictures most likely involve the dog being photographed with a favorite toy or bone, while other more formal pictures are the kinds of things that people like to choose from like special backdrops and furniture setup.

You can imagine that it is not easy to take pictures of dogs. While some breeds are lazy and docile, others are quite hyper and do not follow directions. To be a successful dog photographer, you need to be able to get dogs in a position that their owner wants for the picture. This is most often achieved with things like treats and dog toys, so be sure to have plenty on hand.

Pet photography can be fun for you and your family to record memories. But, if photography and pets are your hobbies, consider choosing to do pet photography. You may also want to consider submitting the photos you've taken to photo galleries for resale. Better yet, setup your own website and offer your quality pet photography as a specialty niche for pet lovers and publishers.

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Gail Metcalf writes about photography. Visit her website for more information on all aspects of photography.

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