Photograph Your Pet – How to Choose a Location for a Pet Photo Shoot

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Megan Lee, founder and owner of Paws and Claws Photography, discusses how to choose a location for a pet photo shoot.

    Megan Lee

    Megan Lee, founder and owner of Paws and Claws Photography, has been around animals and photography her whole life. She has taken care of a wide range of animals, including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even guinea pigs. Megan is currently raising two miniature Schnauzers, Parker and Hunter, as well as a lop-eared bunny named Molly. Megan’s passion for photography started in high school, during her first photography class. Soon after her photos appeared in a local photography magazine and displayed at local shows. Since then Megan has taken numerous college level photography classes and graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 2006. She also continues her education by attending Washington Photo Safaris regularly. Megan has found a way to combine both her passions, and with the help of friends and family she founded Paws and Claws Photography in 2005. Although the company is still young, Megan has been practicing portrait photography for over 6 years. This experience allows Megan to offer professional quality portraits, while at the same time offering much lower prices than her competitors. In addition, Megan offers a complete satisfaction guarantee to every customer.

    I'm Megan with Paws and Claws Photography. In the next few moments I'm going to talk to you about location and background. I have found that outdoor settings not only provide the best lighting but also provide natural props that create fantastic portrait. However, if weather does not permit, you can also shoot indoors with a backdrop and studio lighting ideal for portraiture. When choosing a background inside, a general rule to remember are, light backgrounds are best to produce a delicate effect, whereas dark backgrounds are used to produce a more dramatic effect. However, some pets look nice if you do match the background to the color of their fur. For example, a tanned dog on a tanned backdrop would look nice, but be careful though because you want to remember that a black dog would not look good on a black backdrop without the proper lighting. What I have found for choosing a background for outside is you want to find a location that is safe and not too distracting to your pet. Keep your pet as far away as possible from their background. If you do this, the background will be blurry and your pet will become the main focus of the picture. There are no hard and fast rules here. Use your taste and your imagination. Just be sure that the color of the background does not reflect an unpleasant colorcast back upon your pet.