Do you want to take some great photos of your pet this holiday season? We spoke with Lori Gross of Red Leash Pet Photography to get the inside scoop on the best way to capture holiday memories with your pet.

Pet Photography

What can you do to make your photo stand out, especially if you want to use the photo for a holiday card?

There are many ways to add a holiday touch to your photos of your pet. Add a festive accessory such as scarf or garland draped around their neck, or put on a Santa hat! Don’t be afraid to use props in your photos. Include the whole family in the photo for a great image to send your friends and family!

How do I make sure my pet doesn’t have glowing eyes in my photo?

The flash of the camera causes the glowing eye in photos, so you will want to avoid using flash. If you are taking a photo inside, use other lights to brighten up the scene and try to take the photo in a room with lots of natural window light.

I want to get a photo of my pet in front of the tree, but it never comes out the way I plan. What is the best way for me to take that photo?

First of all, make sure you are in a well-lit room so that you don’t have to use your flash. Then, position your pet is a few feet in front of your tree so that they don’t blend into the background. You also want to make sure your scene isn’t cluttered with other things. Move everything but the tree and the presents out of the way for this photo and it will turn out amazing!

What are some other tips you can give our readers?

Make sure you get down on the same level as your pet. This will give you interesting angles and fun pictures. Also, make sure you are very patient. Our pets have great personalities (which is why we love them so much!) and sometimes they have a LOT of energy. It can take some time to get that perfect shot. When I do a photo session with a pet, it can take 20-30 minutes for the one great photo I’m looking for. Get rid of things that can distract your pet; people often think that they need toys and treats to get their attention, but often these things can make a pet more hyper. Instead, just use patience, and maybe a perfectly timed squeak!

About Lori

Lori Gross is the owner of Red Leash Pet Photography based in Annapolis, Maryland. Lori specializes in creating soulful, playful, modern and expressive images of pets and their owners. Her photography has been recognized multiple times by the International Photography Awards. When she is not photographing pets, she can be found in Antarctica, where she also works as an expedition guide and photographer. Follow Red Leash and Lori’s adventures here:

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