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Five Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos

dog christmas photo blogThanksgiving is already over, which means it’s time to start thinking about those holiday cards! If you want to include your furry best friend in this year’s photo, be sure to check out these tips for snapping the best holiday pet photos:

1. Keep photo sessions quick and comfy: The attention span of a dog or a cat isn’t very long, so a lengthy photo shoot can become unpleasant very fast. Also, try to avoid costumes or unfamiliar settings to keep your pet from getting stressed out.

2. Be patient: Pets don’t’ understand the concept of a photo and it’s easy for them to become restless. Be patient and don’t get discouraged, if you need to take a break and give it another go later, don’t be afraid to do so.

3. Use the right attention grabber: The trick is to make your pet look at the camera and be still, which can be difficult. Sometimes a toy will excite your pet too much and calling her name might make her run toward you. Try snapping your fingers or having your pet focus on a treat.

4. Think about lighting: If you don’t want your pet’s eyes to be red or yellow, don’t use the flash. Opt for natural light to keep your pet looking her best!

5. Get in the photo: Pets tend to be most comfortable around the people they love. Instead of photographing your pet solo, hand the camera off to someone else and capture an adorable family photo!

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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Jordan Walker December 2, 2014, 5:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips for a great holiday pet photos. You really need to be patient since pets don’t understand the concept of photos.

  • Leslie December 2, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Another idea is to take the photo at the end of the day when your dog is all pooped out!!

  • Chrysa McKelvey December 8, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Yes, agreed! The dogs have no idea, and the Pet Parents have high expectations of the ” pur-fect” photo. Success in the past… and some of the cutest and funniest photos are the dogs interacting with Santa!
    ( if you have a patient and “pet friendly”, fun loving Santa…)

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