Pets provide a high level of enjoyment to people of all ages. They are playmates with young kids, an exercise buddy for middle aged couples and a companion to the elderly. Research has actually shown that widows that have a cat or dog actually live longer than those without a pet.
They can help relieve stress, but most important, a pet is a true friend. A pet is loyal and will not bad mouth you to all the other neighbourhood animals. They require attention, but in return, will give you so much more.
So it’s no surprise that animal owners like get images of their furry friends. Unfortunately the average life span of a cat or dog can be anywhere between 8 and 16 years, so holding on to long lasting memories can be very important. Similarly, pet owners see their animal as a family member and want to have photos of them up around the house, like they would a daughter or son.
Because of this, pet photography is big business, all over the world. Being able to capture animals at their cutest or most exciting is no easy task, and a professional pet photographer can demand good money for their services. Specialist photographers have extensive experience taking photos in their specific niche, so an animal photographer knows exactly what does and doesn’t work when it comes shooting (with a camera) a dog, cat, guinea pig or whatever pet you might have.
You may choose to get your pet photographed on its own, with its favourite toy, or with your whole family. Generally, the photographer will ask what kind of photos you’d like, but then also suggest some ideas they think would work well. In the modern age of digital cameras, it allows them to take dozens of photos without driving up the price of the session,
and only choosing the select few that look best.
Don’t try and get too creative though. Pets wearing clothes might seem “cute” to you but it may look cringeworthy to others. If you are planning on having the photo mounted on your wall at home that friends will see, ensure the image is something that people will appreciate, and that captures the personalitly of your animal.
If budget is an issue to you, you might look to submit your photos to a women’s magazine, or local photography competition. These places often offer cash prizes for winning photos, which would help pay for them in the first place! Be sure to check with the photographer first that it’s okay to do this.
So get the pet photographer to be creative and try lots of different shots from multiple angles. This will maximise the chances of getting the perfect photo of your perfect friend!