We all love our pets, and we all love photographing them. However, it gets tedious trying to get the perfect shot without them wiggling around and trying to get them to sit still.
There isn’t much to photograph in my house except for my cat, Bella. However, I’ve always had trouble getting her to stop walking up to the camera when I wanted to photograph her. To solve my problem, I had to use my surroundings to get her to focus on something else.
Since my cat is a HUGE eater, she perks up whenever she can smell food within the vicinity. The best way to distract your pet is to use food. Usually I use one hand to hold the camera and the other hand holds the food. Any normal animal’s first instinct would be to watch the food, so if you want them to look at the camera, you’d put the food right next to the lens. This usually works for me.
Another option would be to use another person as a distraction: my brother helps me out. The way I do this is by sitting or standing close by, and get my lens focused and wait. I have my brother whistle/snap/jump around/screech/whatever gets Bella’s attention. That will get her to sit still and stare for a while, and I use that opportunity to take the photo. It’s also a good idea to stand right behind your distraction.
If all else fails, you’ll need to play with your pet until they simply get tired out and lie down. When my cat is tired, she lies down anywhere and usually cooperates with me. I always get the best photos of Bella when she’s lazing around on my bed.
However, the best thing to do to capture the best animal shots are to ALWAYS have your camera with you if your pet yawns/coughs/smiles/pukes/sneezes/etc.
I hope this helps!