Over 140 years ago, Harry Pointer was the first photographer to capture a funny cat picture. Needless to say, pet photography has been around since the birth of the first camera.
Here are 20 fun and inspirational pet photography ideas that will make you go “awww” and want to photograph some fuzzy friends too!
If you’re looking for something really cute, look at the ‘Pounce’ project by Seth Casteel. The photographer captures images of jumping kittens, with expressions to die for.
This might be a project for those who have a lot of patience, but believe me. It will be worth it in the end.
19. Wet Dogs
One of my favorite projects is ‘Wet Dogs’ by Sophie Gamand. It is a really simple idea with a huge payoff. All you need is some water and soap. This is something easily done when washing your pet.
Thankfully, unlike cats, dogs love water.
Placing animals in human situations makes for great pet photography ideas. This image by Jamie Street shows a dog sitting on a stool with glasses. He even has a book open about dogs.
These are images that 90% of the internet will love. The other 10% are cat people.
If you are looking for something more different than everyday pet photography ideas, go for the details. This image by Ruby Schmank shows a dozing dog’s feet up close.
Rather than showing the entire dog, details leave more to the imagination. This is the perfect chance to use a shallow depth of field.
16. Pets and Owners
It is often the case that pets look like and imitate their owners. So, why not capture them together?
This image was captured by Alicia Jones, showing a boy and his dog together.
Not only is this a very simple idea, but you will have many examples no matter where you live. Almost everyone has a pet of one kind or another. And they will love a free image of themselves.
15. Hair of the Dog
One of the most interesting project series we found was close-ups of dog hair and texture. This makes for very interesting and abstract pet photography ideas.
This project is brought to us by Shaina Fishman Photography, the second look at her work in this article.
To replicate it, get close enough to your subject that the viewer can’t tell which part of the animal you captured.
Who knew that dogs love to dress up? Here, we see pit bulls dressed in floral designs, tearing down the stereotypes that surround this breed.
This project is brought to us by Sophie Gamand. With some simple props and a colourful filter, you too can create some beautiful pet photography portraits.
Simple yet effective, this ‘Dogs Licking Peanut Butter Off Their Faces’ is by Peanut Butter Series. This magical series can be re-created really easily, as I’m sure you are aware of what your pets like as a treat.
The best thing about peanut butter is that it doesn’t come off in one go. This forces them to keep licking the same spot, allowing you a decent amount of time to capture the best shot.
12. Help Dogs
One of my favourite pet photography ideas is by Sarolta Ban. He captures shelter dogs and those looking for a home in order to promote them. These images make them look strong and beautiful – all in the hopes of finding them a home.
You can do something similar, just think outside the box. There are many ways you can turn your pets into super heroes, and you only need some basic Photoshop skills.
These expressions are drawn out by Elke Vogelsang, a prolific pet photographer. She makes it seem easy.
Expect to spend a long time behind the camera if you want to try a similar series. Expressions such as these are very specific to each animal. It will take time to figure them out.
One perspective we rarely see our pets from is underneath. This worms-view pet photography is by Underlook. Check his website for all sorts of animal’s underbellies.
You can create a similar project by creating a safe glass platform with a camera more underneath.
You need a few lights and a black background.
Even the subtlest expressions create the best pet photography images. This is a project by Ralph Hargarten where he captures dogs that give off a human-like expression.
It can be scary to see how human-like they actually are. It makes sense, as they are great imitators.
For more inspiration, there is a huge selection to look at.
Great inspiration for your pet photography can be found by looking at the incredible images from Ron Schmidt / Loose Leashes.
He places the dogs in humorous situations, often scenarios that humans would find themselves in. Each image has a personality that reflects the canine.
This project goes to show you that you need to think outside the box. Almost like a revamp of the Dogs Playing Poker series by Cassius Marcellus.
If you are looking for something with a creative vein, look no further than these images by Serenah Wright.
She places the pets she captures in interesting positions, with props, clothing, and accessories.
Her images go to show that you can mix anything with pet photography in creating something unique and incredible.
She has many great images, offering tons of inspiration.
If this image doesn’t make you laugh, or believe that animals can imitate their owners, think again. This awesome project by Robert Bahou shows pet photography in a very intimate way.
We’re not quite sure what the photographer does to bring out these expressions. Yet, whatever the technique, it works really well.
Perhaps we found Dr. Doolittle with a DSLR.
If you are looking for other-worldly, yet super cute pet photography images, you’ve come to the right place. This project of underwater dogs is brought to us by Seth Casteel.
Whether they are diving for toys, or just swimming around, there is no doubt that these images are fantastic.
This is a great project to start, especially if you have access to a canine-friendly water source.
‘Between Two Dogs’ is a pet photography project by Shaina Fishman Photography. She takes two dogs, either two pups or an adult and a pup and captures them together.
The idea is that we see the bond between the canines. Each pair has an unmistakable connection. It comes out in their placement, emotions and expressions.
We love interesting images of pet photography. These wonderful images of dogs before and after their make up is by Grace Chon Photography.
We see the transformation and metamorphosis of these canines. Some are funny, some make the dog super cute. The idea behind these images came from the Japanese grooming technique.
The technique has one mission – to make the animals look as adorable as possible. This project follows this idea entirely.
These hilarious images by Christian Vieler Photography will have you laughing to no end. It is a simple idea but with a huge payoff.
First, Christian sets up the simple portrait ensures the light is correct and then teases the dog with a simple treat.
When he throws it, the dog’s expression comes across as contorted. Almost as if they were laughing too.
This very creative project is by Jess Bell Photography. Here, coloured power is added to pet photography, showing the movement of the dogs.
This is a great idea for those big pets of yours. The great thing is that you can use many different colours that would better compliment your pet.
Other pet photography might have you ‘awwwing’ at cuteness or giggling at a funny face. However, these images show a dream-like capture as if these were spirit animals.