Pet-ography 101

Welcome to PET-ography 101!

As COVID rears its ugly head again, one thing that has not changed through this pandemic is the daily joy we get from our Pets. Mother Nature’s surprise dose of some beautiful Oregon sunshine makes it the purr-fect time to show off your Fur Babies! Here now are some great ways to bring out some memorable PET-ography.

1. Don’t go against your pet’s personality.

You know your fur baby best, and just like any two or 3-year-old, working with their personality, not against it, will make the whole process much more manageable.

If your dog is always on the go, it is best not to try and get him to sit still.

If your cat doesn’t usually get held, chances are someone will end up bleeding if you try to have her for a photo. Plan to work with your pet’s personality, and your result will be better.

2. Communicate info about your pet to the photographer

Photographers will do their best to work with you and your pet, but only helping you give them will make things smoother.

For sample, if your pet always comes to the sound of their name, it is probably not good for the photographer to continually call their name and have them walk out of frame.

Senior photoshoot featuring a wall in downtown Salem

If you have a dog that gets aggressive if someone gets too close, let the photographer know so that they can keep their distance.

Anything that will help is essential to communicate to your photographer.

3. Photography is all about light, so use it to your advantage. For example, if you’re outside on a bright sunny day, place your dog in the shade facing the sun. You’ll be able to get nice catchlights in his eyes if he’s in the shade and you face him towards the sun.

4. Keep an open mind and reasonable expectations.

Just like working with toddlers, pets will have good and bad days in front of the camera, and that’s ok. The important part is that they are there, not perfect.