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Photographing Your Pet

March 15 2018

Does your pet have a way of looking absolutely adorable, and then moving as soon as you get your camera? Our animal companions are very photogenic, but they aren’t always that cooperative when it comes to taking pictures! In this article, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet offers some tips on taking great pet photos.

Use Natural Light

If you can, use natural lighting when snapping pictures of your pet. Schedule your four-legged pal’s photo shoots at dusk or dawn for the best natural light.

Focus On The Eyes

Make sure that your pet’s eyes are clear and in-focus. The eyes are often the focal point of great pet photos!

Let Personality Shine Through

The best pet photos are the ones that let our animal pals be themselves. For instance, if you have a lazy dog, snap Fido snoozing in his doggy bed. If Fluffy has a funny habit, such as sticking her tongue out, snap her while she’s doing this.


Try downloading an app made just for taking pet pictures. Many of these make funny sounds that will grab your pet’s attention, and help keep them still long enough for you to get the shot.


Check and see if your camera has a macro setting. This is often much better than the zoom feature for getting close-up shots and pictures of smaller animals.


When taking pictures of your pet, use a background that contrasts with their fur. For instance, if you have a white dog, avoid taking Fido’s picture against a white wall or snowbank. If you take a picture of a black cat in the dark, you may find yourself with a shot of two glowing eyes.


There are some really great photo editing programs out there. Don’t be afraid to experiment with cropping or effects!


Try getting down on the floor to get pictures of Fluffy or Fido from their eye level. If you’re photographing a smaller pet, angle the camera so that it’s aiming diagonally into their cage. This can help reduce glare.

Have Fun

Have some fun with your pet photo sessions. You can even use a meme generator site to make a funny meme out of the final product.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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