Venturing Into the Pet Photography Business

Pets have always been known to be a part of the family. Specializing in pet photography has never been more lucrative and there is a growing demand in the market for this field. It’s not unusual for pet lovers to pamper and spoil their pets, and having them photographed by a professional is another much sought out service for pet owners to indulge in.

It’s always a great start to incorporate something that you love with work, this way you’ll never think of what you do for a living as work. It would be a double delight to love both photography and animals. The challenges of beginning a pet photography business would be welcoming.

Turning a fast profit in a pet photography business is easy and hassle free. It doesn’t cost much and you don’t need a studio in the initial stages of the business.  All you need for a start is a digital camera, an eye for the trade and a fondness for animals. The trick of the trade is a cinch to remember, just think 4 P’s – pets, patience, practice and plentiful pictures. Patience is needed when it comes to dealing with the short attention span of animals. Always have handy toys and treats to capture and hold the attention of your subject. 

A pet photography business will not need a big space when setting up a studio. Just make sure you have an accessible entrance/exit, a waiting room to make the pets as well as their owners comfortable, and extra space for pet props and paraphernalia. Your other photo equipment can be stored in a smaller storage area to leave your limited space free of clutter that can get in the way of your work. Try to set up shop near a pet supply store or by a pet grooming service to ensure you have a constant supply of clientele.

Another tip to get you on your way to making your business profitable is to get to know the people in the pet industry businesses such as pet groomers and pet store owners. Start networking with them and help each other out. You provide different types of services yet cater to the same market. By networking you can easily get a lot of paying clients. You can also offer taking photos of some pets after they’ve been groomed and give them for free for pet groomers and veterinarians to hang on their walls as free advertisement for your services.

Another part of building a business is making sure you will be noticed and recognized. One sure way of achieving this is choosing a catchy and witty name for your business. Part of your marketing strategy is to build a brand and establish a positive reputation. Having these will well get you on your way to having a booming business. Utilize all available marketing strategies such as brochures, flyers and calling cards. Build your website and create a portfolio where prospective clients can view samples of your work and know your options for pet stock photos. Selling your pet photographs online as stock is also one effective way to earn more.

Once you’ve established yourself in the community as a great pet photographer you can think about maintaining a client base by being active in pet events such as dog shows, horse dressage contests, and the like. This will further expose you to potential clients who will want to hire your services. 

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How To Take Pictures of Your Pets Like A Professional

Pets can be great subjects for your photos. They can be cute and cuddly or slimy but interesting. Pet photography is a booming business and there are a lot of professional pet studios catering to all the pet lovers who want to capture images of their beloved animals. You don't have to go to a studio to take great shots of your pet. After all, you know your pet better than anyone else and by following a few tips, you can capture your pet's personality and beauty in your shots.

• If possible, use natural light – indirect sunlight as from a window, or a bright but cloudy day would be ideal. Avoid direct sunlight, though, because it can be too harsh and the various details of your pet's fur or scales will disappear. Studio lights can make your pet appear too 'posed' or unnatural.

• Go to your pet – do not wait for your pet to move to you. Most likely, they will be too busy playing or running around to pose nicely while you take their picture. Which is why a lot of pet photos are of them sleeping or resting. Go to them and try positioning your camera to their eye level so you have an idea how the world looks like through their angle of view.

• Do macro shots – pets vary in shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. By focusing on a certain spot on your pet, you are showing off its uniqueness. There are details you notice only if you go closer. The scales of your pet snake might look exquisite with a macro shot. Your turtle's shell can be very fascinating when you capture its texture and cracks. Animal eyes are often the focus of shots because of all its intricate details and colors. Just make sure your pet is comfortable with you and the camera leaning so close to it.

• Patience is required – it is hard to convey to your pet how you badly want it to sit still as you take its picture. It probably keeps moving and running away from you and it is important to keep your cool. As much as you want to get that perfect shot, you have to consider how your pet feels with you constantly sticking this big object on its face when all it wants to do is sleep under the bed. A little pet psychology might be in order which leads me to the next related tip:

• Trick and surprise your pet – for your pet to stay in one spot, you can offer it something it might want such as rawhide or its favorite toy. The prop can even be part of your shot if you want. Pets also have this habit of moving their heads fast as they look around in curiosity. Surprise them into looking at the camera by suddenly calling their name. Timing is important, of course, because they will lose interest quickly and look around again.

• Show their personality – each pet has its own unique personality and there is no one who will know them better than you. Is your pet frisky and likes to run in fields? Go out with your camera and pet and take a picture of them running with their tails wagging in happiness. This could also be the time to practice doing motion blur techniques or frozen action shots.

The more you take shots of your pets, the more they will get used to it and there might even come a time when they will pose perfectly still as you take their picture. But until then, keep shooting and remember to hug your pet after the shoot for a job well done.

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