Are you frustrated or disappointed when you pose a cat and the pictures suck? Do you find you can’t get cats to pose for pictures no matter how hard you try?
You need to do two things.
- Set aside time to really focus on cat photos – even if it’s just an hour.
- Change your expectations of what a cat portrait should be.
Cat Photo’s – The Truth
Cat photos you want to keep may take time
You will need time if you love taking cat photos and are willing to take your own photographs. Don’t give yourself a hard time if you don’t get every single image perfect – For every dozen, you take one may be good. For every hundred (or thousand) you will have the Best Shot Ever.
Cat photos you want to keep may take money
If you have the finances available, you can commission a professional photographer like New Zealand based Jo Moore. The work of cat photographers is inspiring and for the cat lover who is time-poor, it’s the perfect solution.
How Do I take a Cat Photo I will Love?
I am guessing you, like me, love to take your own photographs. So let’s see how we can all take better cat pictures.
A professional cat photographer will have a great camera, lots of lenses and a tripod. You, as a beginner photographer, will have less equipment but you have one big advantage over the pros.
You know your cat’s quirks and habits and the kind of pose it adopts regularly. YOu and your camera travel light. Use your intimate cat knowledge to work out what kind of pictures you will be able to take. Portraits can be formal or informal.
- Does your cat yell a lot like our Dot Kitten is in her photos?
- Does your cat have a quirky walk, or look over their shoulder at you?
- Does your cat love to pose or have a unique mannerism?
TIP: Before you dive in, check your manual for anything that might help you. Check close-up mode, burst or sport mode for activity, and exposure so your pictures aren’t too dark or light.
Two Cat Photo Portrait Options for Beginners
If your cat is happy to sit still and pose in one place, you can try for a more formal portrait.
This works especially well if you have a show cat that is used to being handled and posed. You need to have your camera ready nearby and take lots of pictures from every angle. If you can have a plain length of fabric that contrasts with your cat grab it. Your cat will love a plain background!
If your cat does definitely does not want to pose like a movie star, you need to capture your cat doing cat stuff. This more informal portrait style shows your cat relaxing, yawning, playing with a toy, leaping or walking. These genuine and informal pictures can be the best you will ever take.
Informal portraits capture a memory that is as important as the quality of your image. Informal portraits can be really precious.
Work with the talents your cat has. Cute looks? Take the picture. Grumpy sideways glance? Take the picture. A roll on the sunny grass? Grab the camera and keep taking pictures.
TIP: To get the pictures I share here, I took dozens of slightly blurry off-centre or too high or low photographs. You don’t want to know how full my ‘trash’ got in iPhoto.
You will see from the photo portraits I am sharing here that Dot Kitten is a ‘talker’ and a ‘roller’ who sometimes sits still to pose. I know her character so I was ready, I was very patient, and I took lots of pictures.
If you have set aside time for a photo session. Don’t stop until you have dozens or maybe hundreds of pictures. Then look for the diamonds in the dust – they will be there.
OK, are you going to get busy? Have a lot of fun? Take pictures? Get busy and then share the results with us all online.