Our pets are so beautiful, it’s only natural to extend your already full photo album on your phone to a social media platform. But as most Instagrammers are aware, we need to up our game in order to get some likes. That’s right, you know those blurry photos just won’t do.
Here are some super simple steps on how to take the perfect pet instagram photo.
I’d like to give a special thanks to my cat and our family pets, who were more than willing to pose for this article - just to prove that anybody can be an Instagram photographer and any pet can be an Instagram sensation.
Natural light is everything. My preferred photo time is around 10:00 and then again 16:00. Around noon, natural light is too bright and shadows spoil the photo. Similarly, when it’s too late and too dark, the camera’s flash makes everything look like a scene from The Haunting.
THE PERFECT SPOT
If you’re planning on taking your photo inside, look for spots close to windows. When you’ve found your chosen spot, it’s time to do a background check.
Trash and TV cables (etc) look atrocious in photos, and it definitely takes the attention away from your pretty pet.
You could spice things up by adding scatter cushions OR by placing your pet close to striking plants in the garden. Shoot from different angles, or behind objects - it keeps your photo interesting.
Make sure you groom your pet. Eye gunk is not attractive, even though we as pet parents might view it as sleepy glitter. Give your pet’s fluffy coat an enthusiastic and beautiful brush.
ONE, TWO, THREE - SNAP
Pop your groomed pet over to your naturally lit spot and switch the camera function ON. If possible, try to get your beloved pet to look at the camera - making sounds and waving your arms usually does the trick.
TIP: TIMING is important, as all the waving will make them get up and come running towards you. You should be prepared to make sounds - they look - you snap - et voilà - perfection.
FILTERS & APPS
Instagram comes with an array of filters to choose from, but if that’s not enough - try apps like VSCO, Prisma and Snapseed for some exquisite filters. Great apps for editing in stickers (e.g hats) are Stickers Photo Editor, Photo Grid, Lumis Photo Editor & Stickers or Pic Lab Photo editor (for iPhone) . I never use Instagram’s camera to take my photos, rather my phone’s camera so that I have the option to perfect my photos with other apps before uploading them on to Instagram.
TIP: Don’t over-edit your photos. 100% amaro filter has never been cute.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Photos of sleeping pets are adorable, but severely overused. Try something new by using these seven simple steps.
OPTION #1 - mirror / reflection
TIP: Late afternoon is a great time to manoeuvre a reflection photo.
OPTION #2 - hats
TIP: Using an app makes this process MUCH easier and of course you’ll be spoilt for choice.
OPTION #3 - with an ePETstore product
TIP: Toys are great - have them play with the toy and be ready to catch a perfect moment on camera.
OPTION #4 - outlandish outfits
TIP: Experiment with different outfits and backgrounds - you’ll be amazed how these two things go hand in hand. I personally love red outfits, they work in front of anything and everything.
OPTION #5 - squares
TIP: Instagram favoured the square crop back in the day, so in honour of the square era, add a square to your photo in the form an empty frame, a block or any other square object.
OPTION #6 - playtime
TIP: What better way to get an in the moment photo than playtime?! Take them on a stroll, let them do what they do best and capture it on your camera roll.
OPTION #7 - siblings
TIP: Sibling rivalry? Not during winter, as you’ll find them cuddling around every turn.
I’ll leave you with the fun words of Ansel Adams “you don’t take a photograph - you make it”. So charge your phones, fetch your stunning pet and get ready to make some #memories!