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September 29, 2013

How to Take Amazing Photos For Your Pets' Profiles

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Our pet profile pages are more popular then we ever imagined. As of this post, 2,100 of our customers have actively updated their pets' profile pages! We've recently updated Baxter's Buddies to make make this the premier spot for sharing pictures of your best four-legged buddies with easier navigation, commenting, searching and interaction.

Isn't it fun giving out virtual treats to all of those cue pets? Isn't it affirming to see your pet get treat likes? The pets with the most treats are the ones with adorable, clear photos and compelling stories.

Perhaps you're wondering how people take such great shots of their fur babies. We're here to help!

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Pet

1. Don't Be Afraid to Get Down and Dirty

It might feel a little funny, but getting down to your cat or dog's level and snapping a photo will create an intimate feeling - the same feeling you get when you're near your furry friend.

This can be tricky if you have a tiny kitten or toy-sized pup. Try putting them on a bed or safely elevated spot if sitting or lying on the floor is unrealistic. This one tip will help the world to see the details that you've come to admire about your pet. Just make sure your pet is safe and won't get injured by jumping off.

With larger dogs, you can kneel down to get the right angle. Keeping your viewfinder at the level of the middle of your dog or cat's body will often provide the best shot. 

2. Make the Photo Session Fun

Pets have an uncanny way of reading their humans. If you are stressed about getting that perfect picture, your pet will probably reflect your mood, and that's what the camera will capture. Try photographing your pet as he or she plays or capture the moment you say, "TREAT!" Bribing with actual treats or using a squeaker toys may also be an effective way to get your pet's attention. 

Digital photography allows you to take as many photos as you want. So keep snapping lots of photos while your pets are playing, because you never know what you'll end up with! Particularly funny expressions just might go viral. 

3. Ask for Help

Having an assistant can make tip #2 much easier. After all, it can be tricky to entertain your pet and simultaneously manage your camera. Just make sure that if your helper is offering a treat, have them stand just behind you to make it appear that your pet is looking into the camera. These posed shots often work better after your pet has played a while and gotten used to you using the camera.

Consider enlisting the help of a child as there is often a natural chemistry that happens between pets and children that can be magical to capture. You may even choose to have the child in the photograph and capture these golden moments.

4. Think About the Background

I've taken great photos of my pet only to realize my pile of dirty laundry is being documented for the world to see. Keep backgrounds as plain as possible but contrasting with the color of your pet's fur. Outdoor shots against grass or at the beach make excellent backgrounds to show off your happy puppy. 

For indoor cats, pictures against a plain bedspread or sheet can create a cozy backdrop that will highlight your comfortable kitty.

Cozy kitten on a sheet

 5. Good Lighting

Lighting is key in any photograph, and pet photos are no exception. Late afternoon or early morning light can be magical with the way it brings out the colors of your pet's coat and eyes. Natural light is best. Remember not to shoot with the light behind your pet unless you want to create a silhouette.

So there you have it – tips to help you capture fun photos to upload to your pet's profile! 

Dog with camera photo courtesy of familymwr

Sherryl on September 30 at 5:38 PM said:

I am a computer dummie! I haven't been able to attach my photo to the add about her garment.... Any help?
Karla Gutierrez-Pugh on October 16 at 9:31 AM said:

Love this! Can you guys get an Instagram feed, too? That would be awesome! Thanks & woof!
patricia johnson on October 16 at 3:45 PM said:

Can I take pic with my tablet and send them in.

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