If you’re anything like us, you’ll be keen to take Insta-worthy photos of your pretty kitty to show off to the world! But as cats can sometimes be a little shady, they can prove unwilling subjects (to say the least). Thankfully, we’re here to help. We’ve put together our practical top tips to help you take perfect photos of your cat, every time.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you’ve had a cat or kitten for a while now, you probably realised quite quickly that cats notoriously have a short attention span. Just as you frame the perfect shot, they’ll shift about, get up or come up to you and sniff the lens of your camera or phone. So, you’ve guessed it… patience is key! Be prepared to expect a high failure rate. You’ll probably have to take quite a few photos until you get that one great shot. With this in mind, having your camera handy at all times will help you capture that pose.
Cats have a tendency to surprise us, pulling cute or funny poses when they’re lazing about, half asleep, so keeping your camera to hand will ensure you don’t miss a trick.
CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION
Whether you’re using a digital camera or your phone, a top tip is to hold the device in one hand and use the other to catch their attention, which thankfully, is easily achieved. Whether it’s shaking a treat, clicking your fingers, rustling tinfoil or showing them their favourite toy, hold the item in line with the camera and as they look up, take the shot.
GET DOWN LOW
Another key trick is to get down to your cat’s level. Photographing your pet at human height definitely doesn’t work as well. Getting down low really has a better impact and shows the cat’s personality better, by capturing them as an equal. Playing with your cat on the floor or in the grass, while drawing out their hunter instinct will make for some amazing photos. Plus, if they begin to climb, capturing this from below can also add another level to your shots.
Framing your cat using their surroundings will add dimension to your photo. Long grass, shrubs, trees or foliage adds texture, while peering into their natural surroundings. This technique is popular in wildlife photography. When photographing an indoor car, use climbing frames, scratching posts and cubby holes as props to frame your photo.
For a more paired-back look, ensure your pretty kitty is the main subject in the photo by using a simple background and fuss-free environment. Start with a blank wall and add a blanket or rug in a bright hue. This will add some colour to the shot, while still allowing your cat to take centre stage.
USE PLAY TIME TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
It’s easy to turn playtime into a photo session, and this works particularly well if there are two of you; one catching the cat’s attention, while the other captures candid photos. Get your cat running and jumping, taking photos while they’re mid-air. While they probably won’t make eye contact with the camera, the shapes they pull as they jump will make for some interesting photos.
Cats have so many amazing little features. Tufted paws, swirls of colour on their fur, cute noses and long white whiskers, all make for great detail shots. Plus, you can collate these photos into a collage, for a photo with a difference.
CONSIDER YOUR LIGHTING
You really don’t have to be a professional to make use of natural lighting. The best time of the day to take photos outdoors is when the sun is low in the sky. Shoot towards the sun so that the lighting catches your cat’s fur, to create a softness. Indoor cats naturally tend to gravitate towards a spot of sunlight on the floor so snap some photos as they’re lying around, with the lighting softening their features.
Use the opportunity to spend time with your cat and don’t get too frustrated if you find you need to take loads of photos before you get ‘the one’. Perseverance is key and the outcome will be some really beautiful photos which capture the true essence of your cat’s personality.
If you have any top tips for photographing your cat, we’d love to know. Tell us in the comments below.