How to Starting a Pet Photography Business???


How to Starting a Pet Photography Business???

Pet photography is a growing and super fun genre of photography, and it's great to see so many people wanting to celebrate animals and the role they play in our lives!

But how do you turn your passion for animals and photography to Starting a Pet Photography Business and become a successful business for you?

Tips and techniques to Starting a Pet Photography Business.

Hopefully i'll give you a few tips and techniques to help you to get the best photos that you can, so this blog is going to be all about taking photos of pet specialy dogs and cats.

The gear and technical aspects of photography.

Purely on the skills whether you're using your smartphone or a dslr, few key points mainly discussing the preparation that you can do in order to set yourself up for success at the shoot, you're already off to a good start the first step in planning any show, is deciding on a time in location and i'll run through the basics quickly:

  1. Choosing the time your best bet is during golden hour just before sunset, because the light is usually the most pleasant and it's not going to be terribly hot most of the time, however it's not terribly important,
  2. The most important thing to remember is to avoid heavy directional lighting that's often present during midday and if you do have to shoot during the middle of the day try and find a wooded or shaded area to give yourself the best light possible.
  3. When it comes to choosing a location your best bet is going to be somewhere where the dog feels safe is comfortable and there's minimal distractions for this reason a city park or a dog park is usually just a bad choice because they're too busy so your best bet is often going to be shooting at the dog's home Cardiff or on the location a little bit off the beaten path with open space so an open field somewhere or a forced trail is usually pretty nice just because there's not a ton of distractions for the dog.
  4. The next composition and just as like with any type of photography, a good composition will lead to a much more visually pleasing photo especially with dog photos, the most typical one you'll see is someone holding their phone taking a photo of their dog while standing up and not trying to insinuate that these are all bad photos but they certainly often lead to very boring compositions and right from the get-go the best thing you can do to improve your photos is to get down to the dog's level, not only is this going to make dog more comfortable with you it's also going to allow you to get a view of the horizon and increase the depth to the image giving you a much more dynamic shot with a much more pleasing background.
  5. The next thing to keep in mind is the good old rule of thirds and the rule of thirds is simply a three by three grid that most cameras actually have as an option to overlay on photos while you're taking them, and most smartphones even have it these days, the idea is that it's a simple compositional guide to help you better align your subject matter with the lines on the grid and i'm not saying you have to shoot with the rule of thirds in mind, however if you're going to be planning to crop the photos in post giving yourself a little bit of extra space in frame and shooting with the rule of thirds, in mind will give you a lot of latitude and editing to crop the photo to be whatever you like.
  6. The last key point i'd like to make with regards to composition is having the dog's face pointing towards the side of the frame with a more open space, if i have a photo of a dog where they're looking off the side of the frame, where there's nothing really there and it's just kind of the short edge it's going to feel rather disjointed, because your eyes are going to be pointing towards the edge of the photo where as they have a photo of a dog where they're trying to run or look towards the side of the photo with more open space it's going to make more sense and just lead to more pleasing composition, this isn't a rule though, and it certainly doesn't need to be followed all the time and i certainly don't.

However it does lead in general to more pleasing photos that make more sense after considering your compositions.

behavior of a photographer.

i'd like to briefly talk about your behavior as a photographer.

  • A positive mood not only is going to make the shoot much more enjoyable for yourself, but also for the dog and their family, and if you come into a shoot very anxious and stern it's going to reflect in how the dog's going to respond to you as a photographer with that all said dogs will be dogs and it's very difficult to predict how they're going to act.
  • However it's important to take their personalities into consideration if a dog is a very shy one that doesn't like having a camera pointed at them maybe try getting photos of them interacting with their family.
  • If the dog's very energetic and running about, be prepared to take photos of them playing fetch or going through the field and not necessarily that typical portrait because the photos that are going to mean most to yourself and to their family are ones that are capturing their personality.
  • So you don't need to get fixated on getting the perfect photo moreover just getting a photo of them, doing their thing is often going to be much more meaningful.

Now that i have those concepts fresh in our mind it's time to actually take the photos and get the dog's attention for those photos.

Several strategies to get the dog's attention.

There's several strategies you can take in order to achieve the dog's attention:

  1. Have someone help you, and this is going to be easy if you're with their owner and they're just right beside you but if it's your own dog maybe have a friend come over or family member to help you take the photos just because you're going to be focusing on the camera and you'll want someone to help out, however this can get a little more complicated when you're taking photos of the dog with their family because they're often going to be much more interested in who they're with than you the photographer.
  2. Having some tricks to try and get their attention is often important whether that be whistling barking a squeaky toy or some sort of way to distract the dog, the most important thing is variety because they're not going to fall for the same trick multiple times, so having multiple ways to distract the dog and get them to look at you is going to lead to more successful photos. Inevitably though at some point in the shoot you're going to have to end up bribing the dog whether this is through their favorite toy, or a treat you're going to have to give them something, and i always try and hold off on doing this as late as possible in the shoot just because it can in itself become a distraction, however i always try and make sure i give the dog a reward for taking photos with me just because i want to build up a positive association between photos in the dog, so that they're eager to take photos next time.
  3. Always make sure you ask their owner what their favorite treat is and if they can bring it with them or what the best brand is for you to buy, just because last thing you want is to give the dog something that they don't like or isn't going to agree with them.
  4. The last tip i'm going to give is very simple and that is to get a good variety of photos, the reason i say this is because if you go into the shoot with one specific look in mind there's a good chance that the dog isn't going to cooperate with that one specific look because they're not terribly predictable and your hit rate's going to be considerably lower than if you were to take photos of people, so i'm not trying to say you can't try and emulate a look and especially for professional photography, you often are going to be looking for a specific type of photo, however just be mindful that you want to get a good amount of photos because a lot of them won't turn out.

I hope you enjoyed it and found some of my tips useful, and i hope you have a fantastic day.

Thank you...😊

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