Sally Jane Photographic Art

Fact Sheet 5


Pet Photography - The Reluctant Star - What to expect from your pet

OK, so now we come to the most important feature of any pet portrait...the pet. If we were photographing a vase of flowers this part would be simple. If we were photographing a human being, even a child, the job of setting up would be easier because at lest you can explain what is happening to your subject. The pet does not know what you are doing or why. Pets find posing boring and the younger the pet the more boring it is.

The bored problem

No one appreciates a photograph of a person looking bored and similarly no one wants a photograph of their beloved pet looking bored either. The appearance of the pet isn't the only problem with boredom. A bored pet won't pose. A bored pet will fidget just like a bored child. This is particularly true of the larger animals, horses, dogs and cats for instance. Once they have had enough they are likely to wander off or simply refuse to look your way.

Overcoming the bored problem

To sum up

Remember, if the experience is a positive one for your pet but the shoot fails you can always try again another time. If, however, your pet found the experience to be traumatic the chances of you being able to get your pet to pose again for a pet portrait will be greatly reduced.