5 Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos

5 Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos

Everyone that reads my blog knows that I’m a huge fan of taking pet photos – all my dogs have worn costumes over the years a time or two. My dogs are used to wearing costumes and indulging me by now. I love getting fun shots of them in their holiday gear and then looking back over the years for fun memories.

This year I’ll be taking my holiday pet photos with the new Samsung Galaxy Camera! This awesome camera is made by AT&T and combines with photography with an Android user platform – making the menus so easy to access and use. In addition, the camera features a 21x optical zoom, wide angle lens, editing tools and voice commands. You can also post to Instagram with it. If you are an Instagram addict like I am, this is a huge bonus.

Click through the slideshow below to get my top 5 holiday pet photography tips!

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  • Use Natural Light 1 of 5
    Use Natural Light
    Photograph your pet in natural light such as a room with a lot of windows, or even outdoors. Avoid flash photography unless you are a pro.
    Photo by Flickr user Remember to Breathe
  • Clear the Room 2 of 5
    Clear the Room
    Remove distractions like people, children and toys from your shooting location . . . and turn off the television. You want your dog to be focused on you - and you want to get through the shoot quickly!.
    Photo by Flickr user schmish
  • Practice Wearing the Costumes 3 of 5
    Practice Wearing the Costumes
    If you are using fashion accessories (which make the best photos), give your pet a short test run a few days before the shoot. Have them wear the costume for a few minutes and give him/her a treat as a reward.
    Photo by Flickr user 46137
  • Capture Their Personalities 4 of 5
    Capture Their Personalities
    Don't try to control the scene too much - let your pet be his or her funny self. Take several photos from various angles to really capture their personality.
    Photo by Flickr user alli
  • Reward 5 of 5
    Reward
    Now that your pet has been such a good boy or girl and sat for you, give them their favorite treat! My dog expects it now after a photo shoot.
    Photo by Flickr user kitkatherine

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.

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