Studio Pet Photography

There are times when the weather will not work well for animal photography. Either the sun is to high in the sky, the weather is bad or the light is completely flat.

My favorite pet photos are done outside with the pet being active. Nevertheless, many owners want a classic pet photo done in the studio.

I am partial to black backgrounds but white also works well

Many designers love white backgrounds because that allows them to separate the animal from the background.

Many owners like to have props added to the set; I find small animals work better with props and large animals work better without.

Photo credits: Abraham Badenhorst, Moose Henderson.

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I also prefer photographing dogs outside, doing what they like, so thank you for the indoor picture taking tips.


Nice shots!
I like pet!


They are great (and cute). I love your (amazing) wildlife images. Good luck withe the sales.


Well done. Amazing pics!


Nice photos ,congratulations!


Wow. You can't tell he was in a cage at all. It makes it all the more impressive. Very, very nice work. I think it will sell well. I hope they found the ferret a good home. :-)


thanks for the compliments. Actually, the Ferret was a pretty easy experience. I did volunteer work (portraits of animals) for the local SPCA and this was one of the pocket-pets up for adoption. They had stainless steel cages that were approx. 2 feet deep, 3 feet long, about about 2 feet high. It was simple to put black cloth as a backdrop (hung on the cage walls with tape), add a couple leaves and a pot, then add the ferret.

Yes, the ferret was like a running tiger, all over the place. Truly, pets are wonderful to photograph.


Pet photography is a particularly difficult area. I cannot imagine trying to get an animal to behave long enough to take a picture. I can't even get my dog to behave at all - ever!

These shots are great. The one with the ferret is particularly beautiful with the contrast in colors.

I give you all the credit in the world for being patient enough to take those pictures. Happy Sales!


Great shots! I'm sure there are a lot of challenges along with the fun.

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