Today’s short post will make you laugh and also maybe teach you something about remaining positive when your pet drives you crazy during a photo session. Let’s see how half a portrait can be better than none.
You know the kind of portrait you are aiming for right? Cat (or maybe your pup in a stay position) upright, alert, looking at the camera. Then suddenly with the flick or wag of a tail they are out of here.
Half a Pet Portrait
Your pet starts to run, they hide, they scamper, they don’t stop moving. They do everything but behave how you want them too. So what do you do?
You take a breath and, like any sensible pet photographer, you make the most of your opportunity. You change your direction and intention and make the best of the situation.
‘Today’ has changed from formal poses to fun and playful pet portraits. Your cat may be in a wiggly mood so try your camera in sport mode and shoot a series of upside-down wriggles, leaps and scampering moves.
If you are like Kappa from my local cat cafe, you hide under a low table and peep out allowing a lucky shot packed with mischief and a cheeky look.
Pet Portrait Practice
A new photographer might be frustrated but I have found that persistence and practice will help you build your confidence. Follow your pet, try to focus on them, not the room or getting a good composition, and you can succeed in a lucky shot like Kappa.
Remember that you can edit your pet’s picture later. What you see isn’t an end result but something you can work with and maybe improve.
How I Edited Kappa’s Hiding Pet Portrait
With Kappa’s photograph I used two techniques you can read about elsewhere on the blog:
- I have cropped out table from the top of the picture to focus on his cheeky face.
- Using ‘dodge and burn‘ I added some shadow near the rear right paw and added a touch of light to Kappa’s eye.
Subtle improvements that make the portrait much more fun.
So, if you have the challenge of a super lively dog or a determined sleepy cat, like our colleague Ernie at The Island Cats. View it as a positive challenge to capture your pet in a new or different way.
Would your pet be racing cat-hlete or doggy sleeper of the year? Did you take half a portrait of them?
Dot would rather you celebrated Tabby Cat Day!