Photos courtesy of Andrew Darlow.
The air is crisper, sunlight slanted, blankets are heavier. It’s fall and that means that there’s nothing more satisfying than heading to the store and browsing the freshly stocked racks for this year’s cutest. . . pet costumes. After all, you may be too old and mature to dress up as Batman, but that doesn’t mean that Mr. Muffins ever will be.
To get you ready, I chatted with veteran pet photographer, Andrew Darlow, to get a couple key tips on making this year’s shoot with your favorite fur ball really pop. Andrew has been in this line of work for over 22 years and is a professional pet photographer, photography teacher and author (I first met Andrew while editing his book Biscuit for Your Thoughts. Yes, it’s adorable.) Andrew first became interested in pet photography working the “benching area” back stage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, probably the world’s best place to cut your teeth as a pet photographer. Here’s what he had to say about getting the perfect shot.
KR: What is your experience with owners who like to dress up their pets? Do you find some pets really like wearing outfits?
AD: I’ve only met one pet who seems to really enjoy getting dressed up, and that’s a little chihuahua named Teekee. Most pets do whatever they can to shake off hats, bunny ears, sunglasses/goggles and anything else that is not a treat or interesting to chew on. On that note, for safety reasons, I would recommend being very careful with any costume or accessory that has sharp edges or easily removable small pieces that might be eaten by a dog or cat.
KR: What are your top tips for amateur pet shutterbugs looking for that perfect shot?
AD: Here are a few tips for getting great pet photos:
That last tip is one every pet-owner should know well. As any pet owner naturally feels, there’s nothing more important than making your dog or cat seem, well, more important.
If you’re interested in more of Andrew’s pet-photography tips, check him out at candidcanine.com, imagingbuffet.com or through his books “Pet Photography 101” and “Biscuit for Your Thoughts”.