Wordless Wednesday – How To Photograph Your Cat

Magellan The Charmer 2

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Tips On Photographing Your Cat

Happy Wordless Wednesday to you, dear friends! Today I’d like to speak to you paparazzi pet parents who love to chase your favorite felines around the house with your smartphones in hand, trying to capture photos of those sometimes elusive, camera-shy cats you cohabitate with – who can relate?

Well, I’ll share a little secret with you that I’ve learned over the years. Cats are like people – they don’t always want to have their photo taken! Even Magellan – who oozes with purr-sonality in his shots – has days when he simply refuses to look at the camera!

Cats are most cooperative when they are well-fed, happy, and relaxed (nothing will ruin a photo shoot faster than a loud, unexpected sound!) Here are a few tips to help your photo sessions go smoothly and your photos turn out beautifully!

Magellan-OXO

  • Photograph your cats in sunlight or the brightest possible setting whenever possible – do your best to avoid using the flash! Flashes scare cats and can cause them to run from the camera – for your cat’s sake, avoid it!
     
  • Be patient – prepare to take a lot of photos! The more photos you take, the greater your chance of taking a winning photo! Cats move quickly and blurry movements can ruin the perfect photo. Shoot now, edit and delete later!
     
  • Try to capture your cat’s features, essence and personality through close-ups. Add variety by taking photos from your cat’s level, vantage and viewpoint as well!
     
  • When possible, recruit a friend or family member to play with your kitty so that you can take action shots. Your assistant can also focus your kitty’s attention in a certain direction as you take your shot (this can save you a lot of time!)
     
    Magellan In His Cat Ball

  • If you are preparing a photo shoot, prep your background in advance – but don’t shy away from impromptu photos! Sometimes you’ll capture the best photos of your cats when they are relaxed and have perched themseleves in what you consider less than ideal settings!
     
  • Finally, pay attention to your cat’s cues throughout the process and be sensitive to his or her needs. Some days, my cats are eager to interact, pose, and have their photos taken – they happily ham it up on those days – and on other days, they clearly do not want to be bothered. Love them enough to give them their space when they are having a bad hair day and to capture them for all eternity when they are having their day in the sun!

I love photographing my cats and sharing their pictures with you – and I love seing photos of your pets as well!

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Wordless Wednesday – Week of February 21, 2017

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35 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday – How To Photograph Your Cat”

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  1. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day
    says:

    Those photos are adorable ..awwww!

    Have a posetastic week 🙂

  2. nina jensen says:

    Magellan is really posing on the top photo – love your images, that are each telling a story of their own!

  3. Oh My Heartsie Girls WW
    Twitter: Myllls
    says:

    He is always so cute!!!
    Happy Tuesday!!

  4. LISA RUSSO
    Twitter: artbylr
    says:

    I so love your kitty photos, I enjoyed reading about your cat photo tips as well!

  5. Thanks for linking up at Impulsive Artistry Monday Feeling Inspired Linkup!

  6. Teresa from NanaHood
    Twitter: thenanahood
    says:

    I always enjoy seeing your cats and you do a great job of photographing them!

  7. LovelyGishi says:

    This is so adorable. Reminds me of my cats from years ago.

  8. I love your kitties!! They have such noble faces.

    Thanks for sharing!

    – Lisa

  9. Marie Moody
    Twitter: Xmasdolly
    says:

    Great shots my friend! They can be comical, sweet and all of the above all at the same time. Cats are very photographic. Have a great week.

  10. meowmeowmans says:

    Awesome photos of your kitties, Ramona! And great tips, too!

  11. Oh my gosh! My cat is SO hard to get a photo of. . . especially since she’s all black. Thanks for the linky. Have a great day!

  12. You always have the best photos of your cats. I know it is a lot of work but you are the best at it.

  13. Shanna says:

    Good tips. My Oslo almost never wants me to take his picture. I have tons of him sleeping. 🙂

  14. Kitties Blue says:

    The tip of getting down on your cat’s level is the best. I always try to do that. My cats ONLY do cute things when they are in an area where the background is busy! MOL. That’s cats!

  15. Robin says:

    Tsunami and Magellan are such good kitty models! I think that our photos always turn out beautiful. My kitties enjoy photo shoots too. They know that they will get lots of treats and attention. 🙂

  16. Sigrid says:

    Great tips! I have 4 cats and indeed, sometimes it’s just impossible to take their picture.
    When they sleep, it’s easier ofcourse, haha.
    By the way, your cat is adorable!
    Have a nice day,
    Sigrid

  17. Summer says:

    These are great tips – my human is good about most of them.

  18. Ah, all very good advice and I am directing my peep accordingly. Once we get some more daylight here peep will be able to take pictures without flash. Till then I’m stuck being zapped by lightning bolts!
    Purrs, ERin

  19. These are great tips, so thanks for sharing!

  20. Great advice! And your photos of the kitties are always breath-taking!

  21. BJ Bangs says:

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing your tips for becoming a better paparazzi. Like the idea of prepping the background.

  22. Ellen Pilch says:

    Great tips, it is hard to get good kitty photos.

  23. Cristina says:

    Taking a photo of my cat is always a big chalange. Thanks for the tips. I will surely use them!

  24. Christy Paws says:

    Great tips for photographing cats. They can be very difficult at times!

  25. Magnus says:

    He is adorable, give him a big hug!!

  26. Star Traci says:

    Good tips! Thanks for sharing. Now that I have a kitten who is crazy cute, I’m sure I shall be taking loads of pics in the future.
    🙂
    Traci

  27. Wonderful photographs – and such great tips too! It can be challenging to photograph animals but you’ve really shared some helpful ideas. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  28. speedyrabbit says:

    Lovely photos again,Mummy just takes lots of photos as she says its the only way with me….hehehe you have to go with the flow cause I never keep still,xx Speedy

  29. mariodacat says:

    Those are great tips, and you are absolutely adorable!

  30. BJ Bangs says:

    Great photos and great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Cathy Armato says:

    I just love that first photo of Magellan, it’s a great close-up shot & I love the interesting angel. What a great shot! These tips can be applied to photographing dogs too. Action shots are the most challenging for me.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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