Pet Photography - Filling the Frame

July 31, 2020  •  3 Comments

This week's pet photography theme is "Fill the Frame".  One of the things that make photographs interesting and compelling is filling the frame with your subject.  In this case, it's filling the frame with your pet - whether it's a dog, cat, rabbit, turtle (or maybe a fish?).  This is one of my favorite ways to photograph - nothing in the photo but the animal I want you to focus on.  Filling the frame is all about getting close and making the subject a large portion of your overall photograph - filling the frame with dog (in this case).  It's about making it such that there is no question as to what your subject is.  Have you ever looked at a photograph and asked "What is this a photo of?" Many photographs are taken that suffer from exactly this issue.  If you look at the next two photographs of Fauci, the dog, do you have any question what this is a photograph of? I suspect not.

This particular rescue dog was a very easy model (it's so nice to get one of them every so often!).

These are simple, well lit, composed portraits of this dog.  The dog is filling the frame. 

An example photograph for not filling the frame by comparison is shown below.  The below photograph has our subject (the hound dog) in the front of the photograph and is the primary focus - but this photograph also shows other things providing context of where the dog is - in this case, downtown Tampa.  This photograph doesn't fill the frame, but the dog is still a very prominent part of the photograph with additional elements to showcase more than just this beautiful hound dog.

That's it for this week's pet photography blog.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Pet Love Photography, photographing dogs in Greater Cincinnati for Tails of Cincinnati, a charity book project.

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)
Terrific images of Fauci, those are sure to get him adopted - and very clever point of view in your last image!
Angela Schneider(non-registered)
You know what I love about closeups? How big and bright those eyes are. Fauci is a total babe.
Fauci is a real cutie and such a cooperative model!
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