Pet Photography - Photographing your pet from above

October 16, 2020  •  3 Comments

This week's pet photography theme is "shoot from above".  For many of us (unless we have really big pets and are very short/small), we look down at our pets - thus we see them from above a good majority of the time.  Your pet looks up at you, you look down at them.  Typically when I do a photo session with any animal or child I will get down to their level - I don't shoot from above.  It's just not my style - I like having the eye contact looking straight into the camera.  However, there are times when taking a photograph from above is just the right thing to do.  Let's take a couple of examples of where I think this works very well.

First, with this little kitten (long since grown up now) - in order to keep the kitten from running away and playing I used a very large bean bag.  This bean bag was used by my dog on our boat, so a good bit of the 'beans' were removed to make it lower to the ground.  Then using a colorful blanket over the bean bag, I created a crevice that would make it challenging for the kitten to climb out and placed the kitten in the middle.  Now, looking directly down at the kitten, I snapped several photographs.  Here's one of those photographs.

Using this same technique, I photographed a sibling of this kitten and she now has a place on a book published in Italian and the kitten is named "Tally" (here's the link if you're curious: )

We do a lot of rescue dog photography, primarily for Maxx and Me Pet Rescue ( but we also do it for other rescues on occasion.  Many of these dogs are in foster homes with several different dogs in the household.  While this dog was a resident dog living with his foster Mom - I decided to take a photo as I was being watched while working with the other dogs.  As an older senior dog, the eyes were full of so much soul, I just couldn't resist.  This photograph was taken indoors using natural light from the nearby window.  The dog was laying on the floor looking up at me as I was standing very close.

That's it for this week's pet photography blog.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, capturing pets and their people, from all angles, in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session, send an email to [email protected] or give us a call/text Linda at 813-610-2671 in the Tampa Bay area (Florida).



Tracy Allard(non-registered)
I love the colors in the kitten image, the blanket brings out the blue in it's eyes perfectly! Thank you for the work you do to help homeless animals; seen = saved!
Angela Schneider(non-registered)
Clever work on getting the kitten into a spot!
What a great idea with the use of the bean bag! Love the book cover!
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