Jason Parnell-Brookes cuddles some kittens and shows you how to get pawesome shots of your pets
Shoot pet portraits like the pros
To photograph studio portraits of pets
Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Nikon D-SLR Two studio lights or flashguns (see page 88 for our studio lighting kit vs Speedlight head to head) Two light stands Paper backdrop
When a cute cat casually walks into the room, it’s almost impossible to resist picking up your Nikon to start snapping. But often you might find that other people manage to get good shots on their smartphones, while you struggle to compose the right shot in the dark settings of the living room, with your legs curled around the coffee table.
Don’t worry, with just a little planning and forethought you can dramatically improve your results. With a couple of lights and some paper, you can get sweet, playful studio-looking shots anywhere, whether you’re at home or at your local animal rescue centre.
Having some catnip and treats handy can help coerce your furry friends into posing for you. While there are no guarantees – especially as they may take a while to get used to the set-up – once they’re happy with you and your gear, you’ll get great images in no time. Here’s how to get furry good shots…