How many times have you caught yourself scrolling through Instagram, just to come across a professional-looking picture of a dog or cat, wondering how in the world the photographer managed to catch that shot?
With over 400 photos of dogs, cats, and other exotic animals on our Instagram page, this is an area that we’re well-versed in.
During each of our drop-in visits, our team takes photos of the pets we are visiting and sends the snapshots, along with an update, to owners. Not only are we dog walkers and pet sitters, but we are also self-proclaimed pet photography professionals!
Over the past three years of being in business, we’ve picked up some tips & tricks to capture the best photos of your pets...even the restless ones! Follow these six pro-tips to get the most Instagrammable shots of your fur babies.
1. Just Keep Clicking
Newsflash: it’s not enough to simply take 1 or 2 photos. You’d better get used to keeping a finger clicking away, especially if you’ve got a dog that loves to be on the move! If you keep taking pictures, you’re bound to get at least one Instagram-worthy shot. And, you can delete all the blurred photos and bloopers just as quickly as you took the pictures!
Remember that old tune that Dory sang in Finding Nemo? “Just keep swimming”? Same idea here -- just keep clicking!
2. Get On Your Dog’s Level
Angles aren’t just for pictures of people. If you want to take better pictures of your pets, it’s not enough to stand above them and hope for the best!
Sit down in front of them while they’re playing with a toy. Lay on your stomach while they’re sunbathing in the grass. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty -- the results are always worth it!
3. Treats, Treats, and More Treats
If you pay attention to only one tip on this list, this is the one.
Let’s take a poll: Raise your hand if your dog is motivated by food.
Oh, just about everyone? EXACTLY!
Holding a treat behind the camera is THE best way to take a good picture of your pet. As soon as they spot the treat, their focus has shifted and their eyes are on the prize -- the perfect opportunity for you to swoop in and snap a shot for the ‘gram!
It may look like your photogenic pet is a natural in front of the camera….but really, they’re just distracted by the treat. Shhh, no one ever has to know!
4. Lighting is Key
Funny that most of the tips on this list apply to taking better pictures of humans too, right?
Just like angles are important for taking better pictures of your pets, lighting is on that same level! The better the lighting, the nicer the picture, and the clearer we can see your pet and all of their perfections.
Take it outside or find a spot in front of a window with plenty of sunlight. And please, no flash photography!
5. Always Have Your Camera Ready
How many times have you caught your pet doing something SUPER cute and photo-worthy, just to grab your phone and miss the moment?
Don’t fall victim to this common mistake! If you’re ready for a photoshoot with your fur baby, make sure you’ve got the camera nearby and ready to go. Keep the camera app open on your phone or have your camera in hand! You’ll never miss a precious shot of your dog and cat cuddling again -- thank us later.
6. Keep Live Mode On
If you’re an iPhone user, then you’re familiar with the “live” feature on the camera app. With the click of a button, you can turn the live mode on or off. With live photos, your iPhone records what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. What you get is more than a great photo; it's a moment captured with movement and sound.
We suggest keeping live mode on! If you’re taking pictures of your pets and can’t seem to get a still shot, this is a great backup. Since it records 1.5 seconds before and after you snap the shot, you’ll get a mini video captured with movement and sound, which can turn out a lot cuter than the still shot you were aiming for, anyway!
Now that you have these six tips in your pocket, you’ll be running your very own dog Instagram page in no time!
Sharing our photos of your pets on Instagram? Be sure to tag us so we can give it a ‘like’!