If you know me, then you know I love animals! So I couldn’t leave the subject of pet photography out of my blogs. Do you have a pet product campaign coming up or simply want to schedule a photoshoot with your pet? Then this blog is for you! Pet photography requires a different mindset. It is often a lot more challenging than shooting a human model. The following guidelines should steer you in the right direction and help you pick out a photographer that will get you your ideal image.
First and foremost, be patient. Neither you nor the photographer can direct the animal like a human model. This often results in a much longer and tedious shoot. Patience is necessary to keep the momentum going and the animal engaged.
Try to avoid a distracting environment. It will only take away the pet’s focus and make it harder to shoot. I also recommend using natural light if possible, as certain artificial lights and flash can scare the animal.
The photographer should almost always shoot at eye level. This will result in a more intimate photograph. You can tell a lot about an animal through their eyes.