Top tips on how to photograph your pets. – custompetportrait

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Top tips on how to photograph your pets.

So, you’ve decided that you want to get the perfect pet portrait. What do you do? All you need to do is pick out what character you’d like us to transform your pet into and take a photograph of them. But how do you ensure you get the best photograph possible?

Getting the perfect picture can be difficult to do. Although our pets are amazing, they don’t quite understand what the words ‘sit still and give me your best pose!’ mean.

Worry not, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks that you can use to get yourself one of the finest pet paintings you’ll ever set your eyes on:


1.   Take the picture after you’ve tried them out.

It’s hard to get your pet to stay still if they’re full of energy. This can be especially difficult for dogs who love to run about when they’re excited. To remedy this, make sure you take the photo after they’ve been tired out.

There are a few ways you can do this. You could go for a walk, play a game of fetch, or just play with them for a while. Work with whatever suits your pet the most. You also want to keep in mind that you shouldn’t try to take a picture when it’s their sleeping time.

The time of day can also change the mood of your pet. You know your pet well so just be certain to choose the time when your pet is the calmest.


2.   Make use of a toy or a treat.

To get a good picture for your pet portrait you’ll need to take a photo at eye level. It’s best if your pet is facing the camera and a slight angle. One useful trick is that you can use something to guide the pet’s head into the direction that you want. You can use a treat that your pet likes or a toy that can attract the attention of your pet.

Let your furry friend get into a comfortable position then hold out the treat. Remember that you don’t want to hold it too close as your pet will try to grab it. It may take a couple of tries but eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.


3.   Try to minimize any distractions

When you’re trying to figure out where you want to take the picture, keep in mind that it should be a place with minimal distractions. Pets usually have a much more powerful sense of hearing and they also get excited when they see a fast-moving object.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your camera flash can fluster your pet. Our furry companions have eyes that are very light sensitive. A small flash of light may not be distracting to us but it’s important to keep in mind that our pets are much more sensitive.

Ensuring that your location is calm and quiet will make this task much easier so it’s highly advisable that you do this.


4.   Get the ideal lighting.

This is one of the most crucial steps in the process. Your location must have proper lighting for the photograph. Natural light is preferred but just try to make sure that your pet’s face is visible without being too bright.

We make it a point to capture every detail of your pet in our pet paintings so the portrait will be using the exact photo that you send us. Making sure that the picture is as beautiful as possible will help us to give you a truly spectacular result.


5.   Your camera doesn’t matter much.

Even though good quality cameras can help you to get extremely high-resolution pictures, it’s not necessary to click with one. We know that not everyone has a camera like this, so we’ve tried to make it easy for anyone to get wonderfully crafted pet paintings. All you need is a high-quality picture from your phone camera.

The way you take the picture is much more important than the actual quality of the picture. Your picture should be at eye level to the pet and there should be nothing covering the pet’s face. That’s all that is needed and were ready to create a stunning pet portrait.


6.   Patience is key to getting the best picture possible.

Perfection takes time. Bear in mind that our pets find it easy to get distracted especially when they need to sit still. If your pets are not able to sit still, just try another time. Because the picture we need doesn’t require any prior setup, it’s easy to take it at the time when your pet is the calmest.

Also, remember that persistence is the key to getting the best picture. Try to follow the points we’ve mentioned above to the best of your abilities. You can also alter these points to suit your pet’s needs. Usually, it doesn’t take much time to do this, but every pet is different. Some pets are lazy and love to snooze all the time, while others can’t sit still for more than a few minutes. You know your pet better than anyone else so use this knowledge to work with your pet and you’ll have an easy time.

One cool part about our portraits is that we use only your pet’s face. So have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to experiment with your pictures, try to get one that shows their personality the most. Capture as many pictures as you can and then you can pick the one that truly shows your pet’s inner nature.


Hopefully, all our tips can help to turn this task into a fun activity that you can do with your pet. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll have your pet posing like they’re on a top-selling magazine cover in no time.

We make it a point to ensure that each pet portrait that we do has a unique touch of its personality.  With just a little bit of time and effort from your side, we’ll be able to give you your stunning art piece.