My dad and step-mom adopted two kittens last weekend, so naturally I’m extremely excited.

Stones and Delilah, adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

When I went home to Medina earlier this week, it was interesting to meet the kittens, adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter, and pick up on their personalities almost right away. I sat on the living room floor among feathery cat toys and puff balls and Stones walked over and greeted me by sniffing my face. Delilah kept her distance by let me pet her within five minutes.

Of course, I brought my camera and intended to take pictures to share with my Facebook friends. However, I wish I had brought my Flip Video camera to record their antics. Stones leaped in the air for the rope I was flinging back and forth, and eventually Delilah joined in the fun as well. They wrestled as we watched “Glee” on TV and then chased each other up and over and behind the couch.

Stones, 7-month-old kitten adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

His sister, Sticks, was adopted a couple weeks ago. Stones is very playful and friendly.

I sat in the living room for hours watching the kittens that night. And I enjoyed every second of it. They’re quite entertaining!

But after Stones and Delilah settled down for the night, I found them sleeping next to each other on a chair in the dining room.

I soon realized you have to wait for the right moment to get the photos you want. It’s impossible to take a photo of every single moment that’s remotely interesting, so why waste your time trying? Photos are valuable, but you don’t need them to enjoy any given moment.

I’m not an expert photographer, but based on my experience living with pets for many years, here are some tips I have for photographing your furry friends:

  • Don’t expect every photo to turn out perfectly. Animals are antsy and when they’re tired, they insist on ample amounts of nap time; therefore, it’s best you leave them alone.
  • Photograph your pets as they sit, stand or play. Don’t try to move them to a certain spots. Cats, especially, won’t follow your directions!

    Delilah, 7-month-old kitten adopted from the Medina County Animal Shelter

    Delilah meows very slightly but incessantly if you stop petting her after a while. Annoying, but cute!

  • Keep hair accessories, sunglasses and clothing on your body. Your pets prefer to go au naterel. Once I put a Santa hat on my cat Chance, and needless to say he wasn’t pleased.
  • Pet eye turns your beloved companions into aliens, but there’s ways to get rid of it. If you scrapbook print photos, buy a pet eye correction pen at your local craft store. Use Photoshop to edit your digital photos.
  • Be aware of lighting. Try taking photos of darker subjects without the flash.
  • Take only a few photos at a time. Bombarding your pets with flashes might confuse them and deter them from cooperating, if at all.

What are some of your suggestions for photographing pets?



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8 responses to “Purrrr-parazzi

  1. mhuereca

    I love getting new pets, I find it so exciting to have new additions to your pet family! The tips for photographing pets are so true. When I try to take pictures of my dogs after picking them up and placing them in certain spots they almost never stay there for long and they hate when I attempt to dress them up and do their hair. Ill also have to share the tip about the pet eye correction pen with my aunt, she loves to scrapbook EVERYTHING and the pictures with the dogs always seem to turn their eyes all weird. Hope your enjoying the company of your new cats!

  2. Shana Hudkins

    I enjoyed reading all of your helpful scrapbooking hints even though I am not into scrapbooking, I tried but I believe I am too much of a perfectionist. This post about your new cats really did interest me. I love taking pictures of my dog. Shes a Dalmation and has the cutest black spot over her left eye. Adorable! I always get red evil eyes though, so I added the red eye pen to my shopping list. I like how you pointed out that animals dont stay still for pictures…its like you have to take 4 pictures in order to get one good one…if its even that good. I always turn off the flash on my camera when taking a picture of my dog. I would hate to be in her shoes when it comes to “flashing boxes”. Dressing up your animals I believe is wrong. I know cats do not fall for it and some dogs deal with it for a short period of time, but why bother? Your animal should be cute with only a collar on sometimes not even that. Thank you so much for the scrapbooking ideas, if I find the time to make one I will definantly be back on this page.

    • It’s hard to figure out whether to use the flash when photographing anything, particularly pets. I usually test it out and hope my cats stay still for that long! I hope the pet eye correction pen works for you and I encourage you to start scrapbooking if you can–it’s fun!

  3. Pet Photography is a very difficult art, especially with the eyes. Cat eyes are luminous in the pitch dark, so flash is a deterent to getting their eye color right. This correction pen sounds like a useful tool to correct the problem and I hope STicks and STones grow up happy and healthy!

    • I’ve always had trouble photographing cats, and the appearance of their eyes often ruins an otherwise good photo. Do you have any tips on how to avoid this problem?

  4. Courtney Hoskinson

    I truely enjoyed reading about your ways of taking photographs of your animals. In high school, I took two years of a vocational class for photography. Through my teacher taught useverything she knew, pet photography was not included. I have a dog and cat at home, and I do agree with some of your tips. My dog is much easier to photograph, and my cat doesn’t like it so much. Your tip to use the pet eye correction pen is a very helpful tip, and I will be sure to look into it. Thank you so much for the new ideas, and I hope all goes well with the new kittens.

    • I think pet photography lessons would be valuable in a photography class. It’s usually harder to successfully photograph animals. People can pose, smile and move where you want them on command. Cats and dogs, however, don’t always listen!

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