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Snapping Summer Fun with Your Furry Friend: Cell Phone Pet Photography Tips

Summer is here, and it's the paw-fect time to snap some fun and memorable photos with your furry friend! With your cell phone and a few simple tips, you can capture the joy and beauty of the season with your pet. Today I'm sharing my expert advice on how to take stunning summertime pet photos using your cell phone, from making the most of natural light to keeping your pet safe and comfortable during the shoot. Get ready to unleash your creativity and capture some tail-wagging moments with your pet!

Tip 1: Make the Most of Natural Light

Natural light is perfect for capturing warm and happy moments with your pet. Take photos near a window with a sheer curtain to soften the light, or shoot outside during the golden hour (just before sunset) for a beautiful glow. Avoid harsh direct sunlight, especially during peak hours, as it can create unflattering shadows and highlights.

Tip 2: Keep it Simple - Avoid Distractions

Find a plain background, like a plain-colored wall or a park with a simple landscape, to keep the focus on your pet. Avoid cluttered areas like dog parks or busy streets, and keep the background simple to make your pet stand out. You can even use a portable backdrop or a blanket to create a simple background.

Tip 3: Get on Their Level

Get down low and shoot from your pet's eye level to create a more personal and intimate connection. This angle will help you capture their unique perspective and make the photo feel extra special. Try lying down, sitting, or even crawling to get the perfect shot!

Tip 4: Get Creative with Angles

Don't be afraid to experiment with angles! Try shooting from a low angle to make your pet look like a superhero, or capture their profile to add some variety to your photos. You can even try shooting from above, looking down at your pet, or from a distance, using a zoom feature to capture their expression.

Tip 5: Use Your Cell Phone's Features

Take advantage of your cell phone's features, like portrait mode, to blur the background and make your pet stand out. Use the self-timer or ask a friend to help you capture candid moments, and don't forget to experiment with different filters and editing apps to enhance your photos.

Tip 6: Capture the Details

Don't just focus on your pet's face - capture their paws, fur, and fun summer accessories like sunglasses or bandanas! Get up close and personal to capture the details that make your pet unique.


In the summer, always keep heat in mind when taking photos with your pet. Make sure to keep them hydrated and watch for signs that they're done physically due to heat or mentally exhausted. Be patient and kind, and remember that this should be fun, not stressful or anger-inducing. Take breaks, provide shade and water, and prioritize your pet's comfort and safety above all else.

I'd Love to See Your Photos!

Show me your summer pet photography skills! Share your favourite photos with me on social media and tag us @pawsandtailspetphotography. I can't wait to see your results and feature some of my favourites!


Preserve the love, laughter, and tail wags that make life paw-some!

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