Tips for Taking Holiday Pet Photos

As the holidays approach, we will soon start seeing some adorable seasonal photos of pets. Fido and Fluffy both look super cute in Santa hats! However, getting your furry buddy to pose for the camera can be a bit tricky. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers some advice on getting an adorable shot of your animal companion.

Download Pet Apps

Does your pet have a knack for looking adorable, and then moving as soon as you grab your camera? Try downloading a pet camera app. These sometimes make noises that can capture your pet’s attention.

Get Down To It

If you try to take a picture of your pet while you’re standing up, you’ll be aiming your camera down at an angle. Kneel or sit down on the floor, so you can get an eye-level shot.

Choose Pet-Specific Props

The next time you stop at a pet store, look for seasonal ‘accessories’ such as antlers or Santa hats. Because these are specifically made for pets, they’re typically safer than regular products. Of course, you don’t want to force your pet to wear their costume for very long. Be ready to take that adorable photo quickly, and then remove the prop. Never leave pets unattended while they are ‘dressed’ for their picture.

Skip The Flash

Camera flashes are often the culprit behind red or glowing eyes in pet photos. That bright flash of light can also scare your furry pal. Choose a spot that is well-lit, and turn the flash off.


You don’t have to put anything on your pet to get that ‘purrfect’ shot. Photographing your furry best friend in front of wrapped presents or a decorated tree can get you a great picture!

Blur The Background

If your pet is in front of a brightly lit or colorful background, such as the tree, try blurring the background a bit.

Pocket Pets

Bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, mice, and Guinea pigs guys can take adorable photos! Put your hamster on a tiny sleigh, or place your bunny beside a pretty, wrapped present. If you are photographing your tiny furball inside their habitat, angle the camera down to reduce glare. Also, use the macro setting, rather than the zoom. Finally, as mentioned above, never leave your pet alone with props or costumes.

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your Marietta, GA vet clinic, anytime.

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