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: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tally-gatta-regalare-amore-Italian-ebook/dp/B077PXBPWS )

We do a lot of rescue dog photography, primarily for Maxx and Me Pet Rescue (www.maxxandme.org) 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).

 


Comments

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!
Elaine(non-registered)
What a great idea with the use of the bean bag! Love the book cover!
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