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Taking Pet Photos

July 1, 2023

July 11th may be one of the most adorable pet holidays on the calendar: it’s All American Pet Photo Day! We never get tired of seeing cute pictures of our furry friends. However, while Fido and Fluffy certainly take great pictures, it’s not always easy getting them to cooperate. A Castle Hills, TX vet offers some advice on snapping that ‘pawesome’ picture below.

Choose The Right Background

The old saying Location, Location, Location may usually be associated with real estate, but it also applies here. Choose a spot with a background that contrasts with your pet’s fur. Try to avoid busy backdrops, like patterned wallpaper. 

Then again, you may also want to go the other direction. If you have a black cat, you can likely get some pretty adorable shots of Fluffy where you can only see her eyes. (Note: these are officially known as void kitty pictures, and they’re always fun.)                 

Adjust Settings

Newer smartphones can take absolutely amazing pictures. However, it can be confusing trying to figure out which one of those several dozen setting options is best. If your furry model is in ‘zoom’ mode, switch to ‘sport mode’ or ‘fast action’ mode. The quicker shutter speed can help eliminate blurring. Snapping a smaller pet? Opt for ‘macro’ or ‘zoom’ mode.

It’s All In The Eyes

Try to focus on your fuzzy buddy’s eyes. You may want to sit or kneel down, so  you can snap those photos at a more level angle.

Get Their Attention

Fluffy and Fido have a habit of looking super cute … and then moving as soon as you pick up a phone or camera. Use a squeaky toy to get their attention. The weirder the sound, the better!

Light It Right

Natural light is usually best for taking photos. Try to have the light behind or beside you for best effects. If possible, schedule your photo shoot for dusk or dawn, so you can get that pretty golden light.

Edit, Edit, Edit

Don’t immediately discard the photos that you thought were just so-so. With some cropping and editing, they may turn out to be better than you thought!


Last but not least, let your furry pal have some time in the spotlight. We love seeing cute animal pictures!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Castle Hills, TX animal clinic, today!

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North Star Animal Hospital