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