Behind The Scenes | "Pet Photography 101: How to Get the Most Out of Your Photos" by Stephen Fisher

Most of us have pets. And most of us think OUR pets are the cutest, smartest, most photogenic pet in the world. And maybe yours are! But…

Does anyone want to make BETTER photos of their pets? Well it’s easy…if you try a few of these tips. And NO…you don’t need a big fancy camera or a lighted studio set to make GREAT pet photos. Cell phones and pocket cameras are PERFECT for pet photography. Here are the keys to better pet photos:

  1. Be sneaky - So your sitting there watching television and your pet is doing something adorable. You get up to grab a camera and your pet immediately senses something is going on. They stop the adorable behavior and return to normal…whatever normal is! So have your cell phone or camera right there next to you. S L O W L E Y  get your camera  and make the photo BEFORE they get a chance to refuse to pose. You have to be ready…
  2. Get low -  Unless you have a pet giraffe, chances are you're sitting or standing MUCH higher than your pet. That doesn’t make the BEST pet photo. You really need to get down to the pet’s level. It’s not always easy. Remember Tip #1? Yep…to get down to their level you're going to have to be sneaky again. Shooting down on your pet just doesn’t work too often…
  3. The eyes are EVERYTHING -  We’ve all heard that the eyes are the pathway to the soul. Well it’s especially true with our pets. Their eyes are so intriguing and expressive. If you find that RARE moment when your pet MIGHT cooperate, use a favorite toy or yummy snack to get their attention. I promise their eyes will go right where you want them…every time.
  4. Watch the background - You REALLY want your pet to be the STAR…not some distracting background. Try to position yourself so your pet doesn’t have another person…or part of a person…or just about anything else in the scene.  Remember Tip #2!
  5. Catch your pet doing something different - Sure…your pet is adorable. But it can be even MORE adorable if you can capture it doing something unique. You already have the cutest pet in the world! Find it doing something  funny.

OK…This is probably one of my favorite pet shots (above)…and it’s NOT even one of my pets! This is a hard working cattle dog I photographed out on a ranch during roundup. He was put in the trailer to wait until it was time for him to go to work. You can see that he’s MORE than ready.

This is one of our friend’s dog…Jasper.  Jasper was rescued from the parking lot at Paradise Key here in Rockport. He’s living the “good life” these days! I had his owners behind me holding one of his favorite toys. He was fascinated…

I hope these simple tips help you with your pet photography. Please post some of your favorite shots here in the comments section. 
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Stephen Fisher and his wife Sharon have lived in Rockport for almost 5 years. Stephen Is a full time nature photographer with gallery representations here in Rockport and in Corpus Christi. Their favorite question is “What took us so long to get here to Rockport?”

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