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5 Ideas for Awesome Pet Portraits

January, 2018

Wouldn’t you love to have photos that would make anyone fall in love with your pet? Here are some useful tips for creating awesome animal portraits

Do you have a dog, a cat or a pet dinosaur? We all love our pets and think they are the cutest living things out there. Many of us have hundreds of photos of our pets just taking up space on our smartphones. Wouldn’t you love to have just a few photos that would make anyone instantly fall in love with your little furball? Here are some useful tips to help you create animal portraits worth being on display at a gallery.

1. Use Good Equipment

You are lucky if your smartphone camera is capable of taking high-quality photographs. If that is not the case for you, use a traditional photo camera to take your pet’s portrait. Things like setting the right shutter speed, lens clarity and similar may matter a lot when taking photos of your pet in different kinds of lighting. Having a professional DSLR camera will give you awesome photos, but with a bit of practice you can get decent results with just about any digital camera. To get cat or dog portraits to look professional there are some other tricks to employ and we’ll talk about them further down.

To get cat or dog portraits to look professional use good photography equipment

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To get cat or dog portraits to look professional use good photography equipment

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2. Get your pet to pose

It sounds harder than it really is. You actually CAN get your pooch to pose for a beautiful dog portrait or your freedom-loving kitten to show off its perfect traits. The easiest way to get that is by using your pet’s favorite treats. Your dog is sure to look at the treat when you hold it up. And if you have an assistant, that’s even better, as they can hold it wherever you want your pet to look, while you photograph it from another spot. Instead of using a treat, you can try kitty toys or a favorite noisy object that your pet is usually mesmerized by.

You actually can get your pooch to pose for a beautiful dog portrait by using your pet’s favorite treats

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3. Always have your camera ready

Sometimes you’ll come across picture-perfect situations or extraordinary pet behavior when you are out on a walk or just lounging around at the house. Having a camera ready will ensure you won’t miss those great moments. What if a butterfly lands on your puppy’s nose? Or your cat goes into hunting mode? Or… Those situations are always spontaneous and can make for a portrait you’d never be able to recreate on purpose.

Always having a camera ready will ensure you won’t miss great moments like a butterfly landing on your puppy’s nose

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Always having a camera ready will ensure you won’t miss great moments like your cat going into hunting mode

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4. Get down to your pet’s level

There are some exceptions to this, but you are more likely to get outstanding shots when you take them from down at your pet’s level. Get down on the floor and hold your camera at the same level your pet’s head is. Do some close-up shots. Your knees may be sore after all the crawling you’d do in just one photo session, but the result will definitely be worth it.

You are more likely to get outstanding pet portraits when you take them from down at your pet’s level

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5. Turn pet picture to painting

Once you have some really great photos of your pet, consider going a step further and getting a portrait painting of your dog. There are online picture painting services that do pet portraits from photos. Wouldn’t you agree that oil portraits of our pets are a great way to preserve the memory of your favorite pet for many years even after they are gone? Pet paintings make for a great conversation piece for when you have family or friends over. They can add style and personality to any room interior. Created by a skillful artist, painted portraits of cute animals can make anyone smile or even cry, so they are definitely worth the effort. Drawberry.com is a good place to go to for high-quality photo painting services and gorgeous pet portraits are a specialty of many artists registered on the site.

Drawberry.com is a good place to go to for high-quality photo painting services and gorgeous pet portraits are a specialty of many artists registered on the site

Your pet is like family to you and just as you like to do annual family portraits at a local photo studio, you may make it a tradition to do pet portraits at the same time. With the tricks we shared above, those are sure to be keepsake-quality.



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