In this video, photographer Julie Johnson offers some helpful tips and tricks for photographing pets. For example: to get your dog’s attention and its ears to perk up, ask it some questions.
Check out this Humunga Stache dog toy — it’s a rubber ball toy that adds some culture to photos of your dog by giving it a massive mustache. They cost $10 each over on Amazon.
P.S. According to customer reviews, the toy apparently isn’t very durable — even more of a reason to use it as a photo prop rather than a dog toy.
Real estate agents make it a point to have homes look attractive in photographs, knowing that good photography can make a huge difference, but the people at animal rescue shelters often settle for second-rate photographs of the dogs they’re trying to find homes for. Professional pet photographer Teresa Berg of Dallas, Texas realized that countless dogs are likely euthanized each year simply due to bad photography, and decided to make a difference. Several years ago she started doing shoots for a pet shelter free of charge, and helped increase the adoption rates there by 100%
Wanna know how to capture a wide-eyed and wide-mouthed photo of your dog? It’s easy! First, set up your camera on a tripod and point it at your dog. Then, simply throw it some tasty treats with one hand while snapping photographs with the other. There are all kind of expressions you might capture using this technique, but this one by Andrea Sillem is pretty priceless.
Also, be sure to check out Carli Davidson’s photos of dog’s shaking off water if you haven’t already.
Image credit: Photograph by Andrea Sillem and used with permission
Did you know that flatbed scanners make fun portrait cameras as well? Just place your cat on the glass, do a quick scan, and you’ll have a strange looking portrait shot from below! Apparently this is pretty popular among cat lovers — a Flickr search for “cat scanner” returns thousands of results! This gives “cat scan” a whole new meaning!
We’ve featured this creative style of photography before where the subjects were neighborhood children and a baby, but what about dreaming up scenes with a cat and a dog on the ground instead of a person? That’s exactly what Theresa Knudson did with her cat Fluffy, arranging paper props in the scene and using the ground as the backdrop.