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Tips on how to do a family photoshoot with your pet

Published on 27 May 2021

Photoshoot of Bulldog Puppy Wearing Tie Against Black Background.

Getting that insta-perfect shot is not as hard as you might think. Here are some simple tips on how you can capture a lovely photo of your buddy and have fun doing so.

Preparation is key

You could try to wing your shoot and get a perfect shot but unless your pet is a natural and you catch the moment every time, a bit of time spent on preparing can go a long way. A real staple trick to have under your belt is the command ‘sit’. If your dog is a master of ‘sit’ this will definitely help. When it comes to equipment, a camera with a fast shutter speed could be a game changer but and iphone can be just as good. 

Another thing to consider is dress code. A splash of color from a bow tie for instance can be a really simple way to add some extra character to your pet. Fuzzyard has a wide selection of cute pet clothes and accessories.

Good lighting is important

There’s a lot you can do with photo editors these days but making sure you have good lighting in your initial photo will help your camera focus and aid in bringing out the best of your pet’s features. 

A flash can be great in some instances but cats and dog’s eyes tend to reflect more light than us humans, which means you could end up capturing quite an eerie flow from those puppy eyes unless that’s what you’re going for.

Have toys and treats ready

You want to give your pet reason to look your way so make sure you have their favorite treats and a toy or two on hand. A little goes a long way so make sure you’re using treats that you can break up easily so you’re not filling your pet up quickly in the session.

Take regular breaks

Being a model isn’t easy which is why you need to make sure your little star has the chance to take a break. Having a small play session or a walk around will allow your pet to relax and relieve any extra energy they might have from being asked to sit still or focus. 

It’s also important to be conscious of your own attitude as well. If you’re starting to feel frustrated trying to capture the ideal snap, this is definitely a sign that you might need a break too as you want the session to be enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Squeak but not too much

Squeaky toys are a real asset when it comes to getting your pet’s attention however there is a craft in how you use it. Squeak too much and you can excite your pet too much and have them bounding towards you. 

Alternatively you can end up flooding them to the point that they no longer care about the noise. The sweet spot is to squeak right at the point when your pet is looking away and starting to think about other things. Make sure you have your camera ready and pointing at them and accompany the squeak with an excited call of their name and a lot of praising. 

Basically at that very point in time you want to surprise your pet by being the most exciting thing in the room to them.

Aim for quantity not quality

If you are fixated on lining up the perfect shot, the chance are you may never catch it. Blinking, panting, ear movements, yaws, head turns - so many things can happen in a split second and make or break your photo. The trick is to not get the best one but take multiple so that you can pick the best one.

Patience, patience and more patience

Take your time and have fun with your pet! The session should be enjoyable for both parties and a chance for you to capture some special moments of your pet. Having another person to help you can also relieve some pressure off you to coordinate multiple things at once.


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Cassandra Chan

Cassandra Chan

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cass is a qualified veterinary nurse with over 10 years of experience in small clinic practices. She also enjoys volunteering in the animal welfare space in her spare time.

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