Whether as part of an overall design scheme, or simply for your own pleasure and to celebrate your bond with your pet, photos of our animals are popular choices for canvas art in the home. Not only does it celebrate the bond between you and your pet, they often create art prints of uncanny power as the nobility and natural beauty of the animal complements the design and colour scheme of your home.
But as anyone who has tried knows, taking photos of your pet for digital photo printing is quite a challenge. Animals don’t know what you’re about, and their natural playfulness or skittishness can defeat all your careful plans. What you need are some basic guidelines to get the best possible photo of your pet without having to haul them to a professional studio!
Pet Art Gallery Guide: Bright and Natural
The first thing to do when trying to get a fantastic photo of your beloved pet is to eschew the flash and take your pet photos in sunlight, and lots of it. Not only will this result in a more natural scene, sunlight will bring out all those gorgeous flecks and layers in your pet’s fur.
Aside from that, a flash frightens or annoys many pets, and results in the dreaded “red eye” (or in the case of cats, “demon eye”!). Being patient and waiting for your pet to be swathed in sunlight will instantly improve your photos and make them worthy of canvas art.
Pet Art Gallery Guide: Be Ready
Our pets are delightful in part because they don’t follow patterns and often amaze and surprise us with their behaviour. To capture the personality of your pet, be ready to take photos at all times – and that means having your phone or camera on you at all times. Your pet doesn’t always announce when they’re about to do something heart-meltingly cute or apparently in defiance of the laws of physics, so the difference between capturing a photo that amazes and a photo of empty space where your pet used to be is often how quickly you can get your camera or phone into your hand.
Pet Art Gallery Guide: Let Them Relax
Pets are sensitive, and probably have no idea what you’re up to when you’re trying to pose them for a photo. The trick is to take your time and put out a calm vibe. Play with your pet in a relaxed manner, and let them calm down and stop worrying about why you’re hovering about with that thing in your hand. Then you have two possible approaches, depending on your pet’s personality:
- Surprise Them. It might sound a little mean, but it works! When your pet is dozing off and thoroughly relaxed, have someone make a noise or call their name, and snap a quick photo. You’ll get a second or two when your pet is frozen and posed, and if you’re ready with the camera you can capture an amazing up-close photo.
- If your pet is more amenable and trusting, you can try to quickly pose them once they’re calm. The trick is to move quickly – so have a plan. Your pet will likely only tolerate this tomfoolery for a few moments, so don’t waste time – get your props in, arrange those paws, and snap the picture!
You don’t need to hire someone to get fantastic images of your pets for photos on canvas – you mostly need patience. Just remember that your pets are animals and don’t get frustrated when they don’t cooperate. Take a lot of pictures, and when you have that perfect adorable shot, click here and let’s get started turning it into a gorgeous piece of wall art!