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5 Fun & Easy Home Pet Photography Ideas

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

One of my favourite things to do is whip out the camera and snap some home pet photos. Of course, nothing beats visiting a professional pet photographer to have some special keepsake photos that you will always treasure, but there’s something about lazing the day away at home and capturing your dog one-on-one in a little home photography. With your dog completely relaxed and with their favourite person (you!) by their side, you’re in the prime position to capture those special details only you know about.

Yet, on the flip side home pet photography can be hard. If you’re like me you have millions of out of focus pooch photos, pics of tails zooming out of the frame, and a whole bunch of close ups of your dog’s nose that, to be honest, kind of suck. So how can you make taking photos of your dog at home fun? Here are 5 fun and easy home pet photography ideas that will leave you with a treasured photo to frame in no time…

1. HANG A BACKGROUND

I know a lot of pros say go outside and capture your dog playing in the yard, and I do agree that’s a great option. But for novice photographers, that usually ends up with you covered in dirt, a bunch of photos filled with shadows and blurry images, and your dog having enjoyed a good game of fetch (…well at least someone’s happy!) So why not stay inside and create your own doggy studio. Buy a metre or two of your favourite fabric and choose a softly lit area of your home to set up. Hang or tape the fabric to the wall letting it fall to the ground. (Note: Use tape that doesn’t remove the paint!) Pop your dog in front and start snapping!

2. CAPTURE THE DETAILS

One of the things you’ll have over an professional pet photographer is your dog will allow you to get uncomfortably close. You also know everything there is to know about your dog’s moods, quirks, and secrets spots of beauty. So it’s time to capture those details. Love your dogs ears? Nose? The way their head tilts when you say ‘Walk’? These little details are the ones you’ll forever hold in your heart, so time to capture them on film.

3. WRITE IT OUT

Nothing is cuter than a dog with a message. I suggest fashioning a small blackboard and writing in a personal message that applies to your pooch – or your favourite quote about dogs. Simply hang it around your dog’s neck and click away. (PS. I got my chalkboard from Typo for $10 – bargain!)

4. USE PROPS

Soda doesn’t really do dress up. I occasionally get to put a bow in her hair, but that’s about it. So bringing in a few props when taking photos really adds a fun element to home photography. You can use glasses (like Soda Gaga above), hats, bow ties, scarves…you’re only limited by your imagination. Don’t forget your dog’s favourite toys! Sure that puppy squeaky toy may be annoying now, but in 10 years time you’ll be wishing you had a photo of your pooch with their favourite puppyhood toy.

5. FILTER IT

In these days of Instagram, there is no excuse not to play with photo filters. And there’s no easier way to freshen up a regular photo than by having some fun with colours and photo quality. You don’t need photoshop, just google web photo editors and you’ll be able to try out your skills on line (I’ve heard great things about Ribbet). Try converting images to Black & White, sample vintage filters and try your hand at brightening and contrasting colours within the photo. And don’t forget to have fun!

HANDY HINTS:

– Always have treats and toys on hand to keep your pooch interested.
– Take your photography in short bursts so your pet doesn’t get bored.
– Make the experience fun for your dog. Never put them in situations where they are uncomfortable – they won’t be happy, and it will show in the photo.
– Reward your pet with a walk or game following the photo shoot. This will lead them to associating photos with fun!
– Take lots of photos from all different angles. Just think – if you take 20 photos, one has to be good!
– Relax and enjoy the process. Remember, you’re capturing memories, but you’re also creating them.

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

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16 responses to “5 Fun & Easy Home Pet Photography Ideas”

  1. Andrea says:

    What a little star Soda is! Too cute.

  2. Love these ideas – I have been meaning to do something similar with Odie Sanchez & Hans Sausage Thanks for the tips! xxx

  3. Lisa says:

    Soda, I love the glasses, you rock that look! x

  4. wow! How adorable! Sir Oliver would love a little photo shoot! I may need to do this:)

  5. Great tips! Great pics! LOL Kirby has been photographed since I brought him home so he’s pretty much has a “if I do this then I get that” attitude. Sad thing is with these new digital cameras I probably have more photos of him than my two children combined!

  6. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! It was so much fun taking these pics, hope you enjoy it as much as we did! xx

  7. Taylor says:

    I love the glasses! you have just inspired me to get to work on Addie’s Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s day cards (well definitely Christmas and V-day…we’ll see about Halloween!)

  8. Your dog is so cute and he knows how to strike a right pose to the camera! Maybe I can also try this activity with my two poodle dogs namely Kitchie and Lucy. Thanks for the awesome tips you have shared with us!

  9. Sandi says:

    Love the Kanye West look. Great job as usual.

  10. kerry santillo says:

    This is definitely my fav post!!! What a gorgoeus dog you have, like mine!!! and so photogenic 🙂

  11. leanne says:

    I just discovered this website and its like a dream come true for anyone who enjoys and loves dogs!
    This is great! I love photography, but sometimes its hard to get the picture you have in your mind.
    Thanks for the tips!

  12. Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about 5 Fun & Easy Home Pet Photography Ideas | Pretty Fluffy .

  13. This is such a great way to capture your dogs personality. Love it. I’ll have to give this a go and will have to start looking out for props!

  14. I find the best photos of Jet Cavoodle are the ones I take, mostly because of the relationship I have with him. He connects with me and I get he most loving, sincere look and it reflects in the photos. Best for my husband not to be around he only proves to be the biggest distraction, so we do photoshoots when he’s at work.

  15. Since I’ve started up my own blog, I’m addicted to taking photos of my dogs. I normally take them outside but this is a great suggestion on how to take interesting shots indoors.
    My two don’t sit still for long though 🙂

  16. Sarah says:

    Great tips here. I find that you need a lot of patience is required with dogs and also I know that snapping away can mean that you may get one good shot, but if you take time to observe your pet anticipate when they may do something cute or fun and then try to take them it will mean they won’t get spooked with you photographing them (especially if you need to use flash). I photograph in our studio with and without props. Indoors means that you can focus on the pet and their cute and quirky expressions.

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