Pet Advertising Photography / by Renee Farias

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.

Patience

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. 

Environment

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.

Eye Level

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. 

Gain Their Trust

Make the pet feel comfortable. The photographer especially should establish a playful and comforting relationship. This will allow the animal to relax, which will result in a better shot.

Pet photography can be a bit tedious and challenging. However, getting the right photographer who has fun with it and isn’t afraid to experiment a bit will end up getting you the best possible shot! If you have any questions or would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation, please contact me!