Tips and Tricks: Pet Photography


Meet Clancy and Papoo. Clancy is the regal statesman of the house. Sitting, observing, holding court, butting into conversations. And then there’s, my dear, sweet Papoo. Food is on the brain with that dog 24/7. Always scavenging for a snack. Petting? Not interested. Doing tricks? Waste of time. Unless there’s biscuit bribery involved, forget it. But yes…they’re adorable.

As you can imagine, they’re a mainstay on my camera. Like most obsessed dog owners, I’m always camera ready. To my fellow canine lovers, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks for taking charming photos of your furry family.

1) Capture them in their element.
Embrace their personality! If you’ve got a lazy pup who loves lounging around the house, show their audacity taking up the whole couch. Now, if they’re a big ham who loves the spotlight, capture them while they perform a favorite trick. Even better, get a shot of their panting tongue hanging out after!

2) Mix it up.
Pet photography can require some patience, which means you might be taking a lot of pictures. Vary your pics by shooting from different angles or by focusing on one part of their body (eyes, paws, snout…what catches your attention?) Or get them doing a signature pose…like when Clancy falls asleep on his back with his mouth open on the couch.

3) Use natural lighting.
The flash on your camera can startle your pet, so if possible, try to photograph them using natural light, either by a large window or outdoors.


If you follow these three tips, you’re off to a fantastic start getting fun, unforgettable shots of your pets in their element. After you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can even show off your skills by turning your photos into a Photo Book or a Canvas hung in your living room.


Any other pet photography secrets? Feel free to share them below!


-Marina, designer at Walgreens

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