Nichole is a photographer in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She loves good design, dogs, crystals and the paranormal.

 
 

Perfect Pet Photos This Holiday Season

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I'll just come right out and say it...I'm a procrastinator. If I can put off a task to the very last minute, I will do it. Every year, I help my mom with the daunting task of sending out Christmas cards to family and friends. I'm going to let you in on a secret, I haven't worked on Christmas cards yet. Here we are, 11 days until Christmas Day and not one card has even been though about. Most of my family members have already sent their cards with their two page letters regaling us of their fabulous 2018.And me, the procrastinator, doesn't even have a card picked out let alone an envelope addressed.

You might be wondering what this has to do with pet photos. Well, this year I'd like to include pictures of my mom's two adorable dogs, Sadie and Zoey. So, a couple of weeks ago, I set out on a mission to get some adorable pictures of the two of them for her cards.

Pet photography (as well as any photos involving kids) can be difficult sometimes. Here are a few tips to try and snap a great photo of your fur baby on your own.

Select your baf

You don't need anything fancy. If the armchair is a favorite spot for your pet to hang out don't be afraid to take a picture there. I used the Christmas tree to provide some holiday vibes for the photos of my mom's dogs.

Sadie -- Photo by Nichole Seitz
Sadie -- Photo by Nichole Seitz
This pug made a uniquely-shaped chair her backdrop for a few photos we snapped a few weeks ago. -- Photo by Nichole Seitz
This pug made a uniquely-shaped chair her backdrop for a few photos we snapped a few weeks ago. -- Photo by Nichole Seitz

Lighting is key

If you can, try to take a picture of your pet close to natural light. It is best to have the natural light shine directly on your pet. Photographing your pet this way will provide the best lighting for your portrait. You will avoid any orange or yellow tint that you might get when shooting in florescent or tungsten overhead lighting. This will also help your pet's face remain well lit and prevent any harsh shadows.

Get creative

What do I mean by this? Think outside of the box. For example, in the picture below, I took an ottoman and covered it in a Christmas blanket. This helped give Zoey some height so I could capture the ambiance of the tree in the background.

Zoey -- Photo by Nichole Seitz
Zoey -- Photo by Nichole Seitz

Check your angles

Before you start your own photo shoot, experiment with your backdrop without your subject. Before I sat down with the dogs, I took some test shots on my photo to see what angle I liked more.

Grab a helper

The last tip I can give you is to grab a helper. In this case, my mom stood behind me to give commands to the dogs. This allowed me to focus on just taking pictures. Operating this way can provide a stress free photo session for both you and your pet. I was able to work to construct the framing I wanted without having to worry to keep the dogs attention.



If you'd rather let the experts handle photos for you, please check out my website nseitzphoto.com or Facebook page.

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