Capture your pet's best side with our top tips for taking great photos of your dog, cat, horse or rabbit…
Planning and prep
Plan it in – put time aside to try different things. Schedule your shoot so it’s not happening when your pet would normally want to be doing something else such as sleeping or eating (unless that’s what you want to capture of course).
If you want to get your pet more engaged, try a bit of playtime beforehand - don’t expect enthusiasm if they’ve just woken up from their afternoon nap!
Get them used to the camera sound in advance – even phones make a 'shutter' sound – you don’t need to point the camera at them but take a few snaps near them and observe how they react to the noise before you start snapping away. Give them a treat every time the camera makes a noise so they associate the sound with something positive.
If you’re using a larger camera give them time to get used to your gear as well – lenses look like eyes, so may freak them out the first time they see a big old DSLR with straps hanging down and flashes stuck on top – particularly if you’re holding it up so it obscures your face while you take pictures
Practise using your camera one-handed so you’re prepared when you need to capture that perfect shot – you’ll be able to use the other hand to hold a toy or treat to get your pet’s attention.
Be prepared - bring toys and their favourite treats. Cut larger treats into small chunks... you may need to use quite a few!