Avoid direct sunlight. It’s great to show a shiny coat but it can cause your lovely animal to squint or close their eyes.
Avoid shooting down on your dog or cat. It sometimes causes camera distortion and body proportions look strange.
Avoid flash it can create a glassy stare.
If you can, try to take your photos outside in natural light.
A cloudy day with strong light provides the ideal conditions for taking the best animal photos.
Get someone to help you so you can take the photo. Your animal’s favourite toy, treat, or maybe a rustling bag may be useful to get an attentive or interested expression.
For a traditional portrait, kneel down to take the photo of your pet on the same level. Try lowering your angle to look up at your pet.
Choose the highest resolution that your camera is capable of. If you scan a photo onto your computer, please scan at the highest dpi.
If you require a full body portrait please make sure that your pets lower limbs and paws are not concealed by any objects. If they are, please supply additional photos so that Louise can see their markings.
Family and pet portrait artist Louise Scott advises her clients to follow these simple photographic guidelines.
Animal photographing tips from Artist Louise Scott