Photographing Pets

We’re a world of pet lovers, and I’m no exception. That’s why I’m always delighted when a client asks me to photograph a pet—in this case, an adorable puppy named Amber. I loaded backgrounds, baskets and a wooden pirate’s chest into the car, along with lights, light stands, my camera and all sorts of other gadgets and props, and set everything up when I arrived at my client’s home. Soft surfaces work best for pets. I don’t want them to slip or be uncomfortable, so the posing table this time was a couch (hidden by my black background drape). I’m also armed with a bag full of squeak toys and my arsenal of animal sounds because the puppy should be looking alert and into the camera as much as possible. You never know what’s going to work and for how long because each pet is different. This was one bouncy, active puppy. In the end, though, we got enough cute photos to make a multi-picture wall hanging.  Which one is your favorite?

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29 thoughts on “Photographing Pets

  1. Great photos!

  2. jan bellinger

    Yes Amber was a delight as long as there were treats in front of her face. I like all of the pictures except the one of my hand. What a nice surprise to see these pictures on your site.

    • Hi Amber’s mom :)
      Yep, she sure did like those treats, but my animal imitations worked pretty well, too :)
      Best of all, we had fun taking the photos :)

  3. Great photos. Pet have got to be hard to photo, what with keeping their attention for as long as it takes to snap the photo. I love the one in the pirate’s chest. What a cute puppy!

    • Thanks, Angeline. Oh, yes, attention does wander. That’s why I have an arsenal of sounds, squeaky things, and visual distractions to get that attention back to the camera. In general, dogs are more sound oriented and cats are more visual. It’s best to work fast b/c once an animal figures out what you’re doing and gets used to you, they get bored and won’t look. Amber’s mom likes the pirate’s chest best, too :)

  4. Michelle Gillies

    Hands down, bookworm puppy is my favourite.
    Adorable puppy and nice photo shoot.

    • I’ve got to admit, I might be leaning in that direction, too. Her mom tried to get her to “wear” the glasses for a shot, but she wasn’t having it. She is adorable in the photos, no doubt, but if you pick her up for a cuddle, she becomes doubly adorable.

  5. Bookworm Puppy for me! :)

  6. Cute overload! That must have been hard work as we know how wiggle and squiggly they can be. We like the basket case :D

    • Oh, yes, photographing pets does keep me hopping (I consider it my weight-maintenance method), and puppies are especially wiggly, as you mentioned. Basket Case is a great title for that shot :)

  7. How adorable! The first one is my favorite because number one I love books, number two – those eyes!

    • “The eyes have it” in portrait photos, don’t they. We really are attracted to another being’s eyes. And how could a book lover not pick this one :) Thanks so much for weighing in.

  8. she’s gorgeous – my favourite is the pirates chest!

  9. BookWorm Puppy ! who could resist one like that :-)
    You must be the puppy whisperer ;-)

    • Thank you. I’d be honored to be the puppy whisperer :) But don’t let the tranquil look fool you. Sitting still was not something she was happily doing. But she sure loved all the attention.

  10. Like just about everyone, I like the bookworm puppy best. Nice work!

  11. I’m going to go out on a limb and bag puppy in a treasure chest as my favourite, Jennifer. But they’re all gorgeous pictures!

  12. These are wonderful!

    • Thank you, Tina. She’s grown quite a bit since I took these shots, but she’s still as adorable (just with a more adult bark).

  13. Really great photos :) my favorite is the bookworm ;) and the treasure of course. So cute.

    My old browser here (which I can’t update) doesn’t allow me to “like” ..otherwise I’d of course done so :)

    Greetings from Germany,

    • Thank you, Ocean. And really appreciate the “like” in word form. The two you picked as favorites really melt my heart, too.
      Greetings back, from Hawaii.

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