My Top 5 Tips To Help You Get Better Photos Of Your Pets | Sydney Pet Photographer

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If you're a pet parent who goes into their camera roll and all you can see is a bunch of photos of your dog (or cat) then this is the post for you.

Annnd… if all you photos either involve them sleeping or being a complete blur as they move… then this post is for you.

Today I'm going to share with you, 5 tips to help you take better photos of your pets.

This is no means an exhaustive list but what it is.... are steps that you can implement yourself to dramatically improve your fur kid's photos.

Let's get to it:
 

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiring A Professional Pet Photographer | Sydney Pet Photographer

Looking to hire a pet photographer but don't know where to start? Trying to figure out if your pet can actually sit still long enough for a professional photo shoot?

You're in the right place.

I've packed this post with some amazingly useful information for someone in your position. If you've just started looking into hiring a pet photographer or you've only recently discovered that there are photographers specifically for pets then this is the resource for you.

I've compiled several of my most informative posts together to help you go from 'no idea pet photography existed' to 'excited about the fact that your pet can actually be photographed'.

My goal is to help you feel empowered when deciding on the photographer for you.

So let's dive right in...

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How To Prepare Your Dog For Their Pet Photography Session | Sydney Pet Photographer

The big day has finally arrived. You're excited, you're pumped, you're a bit nervous...

But you have everything planned. You've got the shoes, the dress, the veil...

Whoops... hang on. 

That's your wedding day. We're talking about your pet photography session today.

This is the day where you get to have fun with your pet for an afternoon. And I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be on the ground with them at some point during your session. So you probably shouldn't be wearing a white dress for that :)

But... you do need to do a few things beforehand to help prepare your dog for their photography session. 
 

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The Beginning of Pawtastic Photography: How It Started | Sydney Pet Photographer

When I was younger I used to spend hours drawing. I would see something: a landscape, an object, my pets and I would itch to pull out my sketchpad to try and draw it.

I loved being able to create a piece of art that I could then hang on my wall and look at afterward. It filled me with a sense of pride to be able to display my artwork in my bedroom. Granted my gallery consisted of ripped out pieces of sketching paper stuck to the wall with blue tac... but I loved it.

Read more about the beginning of Pawtastic Photography...

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From Inquiry to Delivery: What You Need To Know | Sydney Pet Photographer

Booking a professional pet photography session isn't a normal occurrence for most people. In fact, booking any type of professional photos is not what happens in an average day usually.

Because of this, I would like to demystify the process a little bit and take you behind the scenes of my pet photography client process. 

This will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about booking a pet photographer, that perhaps my website hasn't answered for you yet.

I've broken it down into four sections for you...
 

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Why Light Is Important To Your Pet Photography Session | Sydney Pet Photographer

Most people think of light in terms of whether it's sunny or cloudy. Sunny means that it's weather for the beach or to spend some time outdoors.

Whereas cloudy usually means you need to plan your day, in case the weather turns to rain. 

Or perhaps it means applying more sunscreen then a sunny day because clouds are tricky little white puffs of innocence, so you usually burn more on those days then during the full sun (No...? Just me with my pale complexion then... Anyway...)


Light in relation to photography can be a little more complicated.

In fact most people would probably think that the best time for pet photography would be in the middle of the day as it's the brightest time of the day, with the sun at it's peak.

Have you ever thought that?

If that's the case, read on to discover when the best time for your pet photography session is and why lighting matters...

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Picking a Session Location - How Do You Choose? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Picking a location for your pet photography session is a lot like buying real estate. At it’s core: it's all about the location, location, location. 

You want the best place possible so that you can get the best images possible. Because even though the focus of the session is on your pets, the backdrop to your session can make or break an image.

But, before you pick the location there are 4 points you may want to consider when you’re making the decision.

Click through to read the full post...

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Do I Need To Be In The Pet Photos During A Session? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Pet photography sessions are just that. Pet photography sessions. The focus is and always will be on your pet first. My main goal of a session is to capture images of your pet that you love and images that express your pet's personality.

Many of my clients are happy to be included in the images too and many others do not want to be in them at all.

Either of these options is fine. I'm happy to include you if you want but I'm just as happy to leave you out of them if you prefer it.

The choice is up to you.

That being said the following are 3 reasons why I will always encourage a pet parent to jump in for a photo or two.
 

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How Do I Get Pets To Behave During A Session? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Racing around the green grass he sniffed excitedly at every new spot. Every new branch, bench and tree was a wonder to behold. A secret garden full of tantalising scents and smells that told the stories of everyone who had come here before him.

This was his first visit to this place and he couldn't contain his excitement. It was whippet sharp and undeniable. He needed to be free, he needed to explore, he needed to sniff...

This is the typical beginning of a pet photography session. You're dog's excitement and joy are where it all begins.

You've changed his routine. You've taken him to a new place, with new sights, new sounds and best of all... new smells.

The world is his oyster and he wants to roam!

Then… How do I control him? How do I get him to behave? How do I get any photos if he's constantly moving?

These are all the questions I typically get asked when I tell people I'm a pet photographer.

And do you want to know the secret answer...

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Don't Think Your Pet Can Sit Still For A Photo Shoot? 4 Things You Should Know Before You Book

Worried that your dog will never sit still long enough to have professional pet photos taken? I get it. This is a top client concern.

Every time you go to take a photo of your dog or cat, they move, don't they? One second they are looking their utmost cutest, their little eyes brimming with love and adorableness so you reach for you camera. You raise it up high, tap the phone to focus and just as you hover your finger over the shutter.... BAM! They move!

Suddenly that extremely cute pose you wanted to remember forever has been replaced with the back of their head as they turn away from you. Or, even worse, their butt as they move away from you!

It never fails - every time you go to take a cute photo they move. It's like they instinctively know that that's what you're trying to do and they are determined to thwart you at every turn.

Sound familiar?

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