It’s not easy, is it? Getting decent photos of our kitties is more difficult than getting good photos of people, at least for me. Kitties don’t always quietly pose. They turn their heads at the last minute. They decide the photo shoot is over and walk out of the room.
But over the years, I’ve learned a few things that make it a little easier to get better photos of my cats.
|Connor turning his head at the last minute.|
Take a lot of pictures.
This is one of my mantras. Take many more photos of your cat or cats than you will ever “use” for a family album, Facebook, your blog, etc.
You are probably going to have a number of blurred photos because your kitty moved at the last minute. And if I had a penny for every time I ended up taking a photo of my cat’s back or tail, I’d be a rich woman. If you take 20 photos, you might end up with one or two really clear, engaging photos. But it’s worth it. And in our digital world, you’re not wasting film.
This was reinforced with me when I worked as a newspaper reporter. It was a small weekly paper, so I did double duty as photographer. I learned to take multiple photos even of groups of people posing for a picture because invariably someone on the front row would have his or her eyes closed in some of the pictures.
|I decided to keep a photo of Chase Bird leaving the room. I took this photo is 2014.|
Have the camera at hand.
Your kitties are doing something really cute or you want to catch that look on her face as she gazes out the window. But you have to go to the closet and haul out your camera. By then, well, kitty has gone on to other things.
I usually have my phone nearby. And I keep my camera on the dining table in the living room for easy access.
|Connor deciding he didn't want a portrait taken.|
Get on their level if possible.
It’s easier on my knees if I stand and take photos looking down. But I end up with much better photos if I get down on the floor with the cats and take straight on or angled shots. It means I do a lot of crawling around, and my joints make all kinds of noises when I finally get up. But I get better pictures and enjoy spending up close and personal time with my kitties.
|I took this picture of Chase Bird in 2014. I missed his face. |
But I like how the texture and colors of his fur show up.
Don’t delete all the “bad” photos.
Even if it’s not a perfect picture, it’s a picture that captures a moment in your cat’s life. I have pictures that I wouldn’t necessarily share with anyone else. But looking at them brings back memories of my kitties.
|Blurry, yes. Not a great picture at all. But I took this picture about a month after we |
adopted Abbey. Chase Bird still wasn't having much to do with the
new whippersnapper at that time. This picture makes me smile.
Don’t stress out.
Sometimes I don’t have my camera, or my cats won’t stay still long enough to get a clear photo. But I finally realized that even if I couldn’t get a picture of the moment, I could enjoy the moment. I could be there with my cats with no distractions. And isn’t that the most important thing, to enjoy all the moments we have with our kitties?