Isn’t it adorable when your pet rolls over and is begging for a belly rub, or sits pretty with their tongue hanging out just waiting for you to toss their favorite toy? These are the moments that are worth capturing. Your pets are part of your family, and their irresistible cuteness deserves a special place on your holiday card this year.
My boyfriend and I have two pups, and I am constantly snapping pics of them with their sweet puppy expressions. This year my holiday card will be splashed with puppy photos, since my friends and family love seeing my pups nearly as much as I do. So here’s a few tips, from one pet lover to another, that will help you take fantastic pet pictures to accent this year’s holiday card.
1. Pick a location
Find a unique building for your pets to sit in front of, a beautiful nature scene or some unique flooring that complements their fur color. Make sure your location isn’t so enticing that it distracts from your furry friend. After all, you’re taking photos of your pet, not the location.
2. Bribery is a must (a.k.a. treats and toys).
You know your pets will do anything for a treat. So when you need them to stop being their usual hyper selves and sit still, don’t be afraid to bribe them with a treat or a favorite toy. Just hold your bribe of choice up next to your camera or balance it on their nose (if your pet can do tricks), and you’ll have their full attention.
3. Use natural light
If your pets are anything like mine, they love to play outside. Natural light will give your pets the best coloring. Try to avoid direct sunlight on your pet, this can cause harsh shadows in your photos. Look for a nice shaded spot, or plan your photos on an overcast day. If your pet can’t go outside, that’s OK, try to position them so a window is pouring natural light onto their beautiful fur.
4. Play with angles
Getting the right angle for pet pictures can be tricky. Personally, I like to position my camera slightly above my pups so that they are looking up at me with their sweet puppy dog eyes. But don’t limit yourself to one angle. Try positioning yourself straight on, or even below, to capture a different perspective in your pet pictures.
5. Add props or pet clothes
Adding a prop can make your pet look even more lovable (if that’s possible). Maybe it’s a bow, hat, blanket, or even a leash—these subtle props put your pet in an environment within your photograph. You might even notice that your pets show a little more personality with a prop. They might try to bite it, lick it, or fall asleep on it. These are the moments that might have you laughing so hard that it’s tough to get a steady shot, but if you do, those moments are definitely holiday-card worthy.
Your fabulous pet pictures can be used in almost any holiday photo card, though we do have some holiday greetings that are just for pets. So grab a camera, your pet, and some treats for bribing and start capturing those moments that just make you go, awww cute!