Make Your Pup Insta-Famous: 7 Tips on Pet Photography

Puppies are instant mood-lifters and welcome additions to any feed. It’s no surprise that pet accounts easily get thousands of followers, sometimes eclipsing the Instagram profiles of their humans.

Got your own cute dog and think the world should share in the adorableness? Photographing your pet is actually easy! Here’s how to make your dog Instagram famous, as well as photography tips to take the best pics:



1. Don’t Be Too Strict.

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Straight cruisin’ 🚗💨

A post shared by Winston Moose (@winston_moose) on Aug 24, 2019 at 8:04am PDT


You can’t direct your pet to pose a certain way, and the best shots of them are when they’re doing something impressive or adorable anyway. Let them interact with their environment, they will eventually do something worth snapping.



2. Use Their Toys To Get Their Attention.

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We are ready to check in. Can we have complimentary chimkin considering I am the most dapper pupper in town❓😎 @portolahotel ————————————————————————if you are looking for place to stay in Monterey and Carmel. We highly recommend @portolahotel. It is right next to fisherman’s wharf and there are so many great restaurants around it. Def 5 🌟.Will gib 10🌟if we get our chimkin🤣 #cheesinhotels #portolahotel #portolahotelandspa #itsallrighthere #monterey . . . . . . #lycheethecorgi #thechees #mocheethecorgi #corgi #corgis #dog #corgisofinstagram #corgipuppy #9gag #barked #buzzfeedanimals #hotel #travel #weeklyfluff #petfriendly #dogsofinstagram #doglover #puppy #puppies #puppiesofinstagram #dogstagram #柯基 #コーギー #웰시코기

A post shared by Lychee & Mochee The Corgis (@lychee_the_corgi) on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:30am PDT


Just like photographing babies, you can use toys to distract them or get their attention as you take a quick snap of their cute faces. This is a good tip to get them to be still long enough for a crisp photo.



3. Think About A Running Theme.

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When your pawrents tell you they’re going to Hawaii without you....😣 • • • • • #ineedavacay #mood #frenchbulldog #frenchie #frenchiesofinstagram #frenchiesofig #dogsofinstagram #doggo #dogoftheday #whitefrenchie

A post shared by Pua (@pua.the.frenchbulldog) on Aug 29, 2019 at 9:25am PDT


What makes your dog unique? What makes him so irresistably adorable to you? Does he sleep a certain way, or do something that makes you laugh? When they have predictable behavior like that, you can repeat the circumstances and get them to do it again. It can be a fun thing to return to when you’re not sure what to share about your pups.



4. Treat Your Pets Well.

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My #MondayMotivation to stay home

A post shared by Shortcake (@theladyshortcake) on Jul 29, 2019 at 6:54am PDT


No one wants to see a sad pup on their feed. Dogs who look like they’re having the time of their lives get the most hits. You don’t have to fabricate this at all. As long as you genuinely love and care for your pets, it will show on camera.



5. Tell A Story.

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Start my mornings with this face whilst waiting for Crumpet to wake up. While Crumpet sleeps in the same room with us in her own tent, Butter, under crate training, sleeps in a separate room. She and I usually get up around 6:30 for a potty break, have some play time to wait for Crumpie and daddy's turn to wake up for a walk. #butterthechowchow

A post shared by Crumpet & Butter (@crumpetthecorgi) on Apr 8, 2019 at 7:49pm PDT


Sometimes, the caption is just as important as the photo. Share a fun anecdote about how the photo came to be, something sweet or hilarious you witnessed your pet do. When you’ve run out of unique poses or tricks, telling your pet’s story will keep his followers growing.



6. Develop A Personality For Your Pet.

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It’s that time again 😐🛁 - Music: B.there.4.u by Jef

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If you’re serious about growing your pet’s Instagram following, you need to engage with the followers. You can type in your own voice on their behalf, but a fun exercise may be to adapt a personality for your pet and use that to answer comments in the first person. It keeps things light, entertaining, and humorous while driving up your engagement.



7. Use Natural Lighting.

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Like this if your owner has ever said “time to go pee pee” in a overly high annoying voice. #pomski #pomsky #puppy🐶 #puppylove🐶 #pomskynation #pomskypuppy #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppylove #puppygram #puppymom #doggy #instadog #dogoftheday #dogoftheweek #puppyoftheday

A post shared by Duke the Pomsky (@dukepomsky18) on Apr 5, 2018 at 4:33pm PDT


Want to show off how beautiful your pet is? The way to do that is to use as much natural light as possible. It will show off their natural beauty and create an interesting environment and background because you will likely be shooting outdoors. It’s also an activity they will enjoy. It’s a win-win!



Pet photography is actually easy! Load up on treats and cute outfits and have a little photo shoot with your furry best friend.

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