It doesn’t really matter where you finished a photography course or if you have finished a photography course at all. In photography, what matters is that you know how to take good pictures. That principle applies to any kind of photography—even pet photography.
Academic achievement doesn’t matter in pet photography. But there are certain things that matter in this—one is the skill to take good pictures and the other one is the natural love or at least fondness of animals. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these. Follow the tips below to develop these needed qualities from a pet photographer:
- Consider enrolling in a photography school. Although this is not necessary, for some people, enrolling in a photography school means enhancing their innate talent. In school, you can learn about lighting, hitting the right angle, etc. The school can be your important ground of widening a network of people for your future pet photography career.
- Continue learning. If you are self-taught, never cease on learning new techniques on pet photography. Try different picture-taking methods, using different lights, or using different approaches. Photography, like any other professions, is a continuous learning process.
- Develop or embrace your love for animals. Some people immediately declare their hate for animals without trying to love them first. How will you know that you hate animals if you don’t even try to like them? Forget all about your assumptions about animals. Learn to love them because if you don’t, you’ll never be a good pet photographer. A good pet photographer knows how to take advantage of an animal’s natural reaction or natural movements. Visit the zoo or volunteer to take care a friend’s pet. Look at them and appreciate the life in them. Like humans, animals also have feelings. They may not be rational creatures but they sure are beautiful creations.
- Practice how to handle difficult animals. One of the most necessary skills that a pet photographer should have is the ability to effectively handle difficult animals. It takes practice and patience to learn how you can make the animal do what you want it to do. Just keep your sanity and remain as calm as possible. It may get very frustrating and you might be tempted to flare out. But don’t. Practice how to handle every situation calmly.
- Practice taking pictures. Borrow your friend’s pet or offer a free photography service for someone you know. Review your photos and see how you can improve your photography. The more you practice, the more you’ll learn how to be a good photographer.
- Create a portfolio. The potential clients need to know how good you are at taking pet’s pictures. Create a portfolio of your best pictures either online or offline.
- Market yourself. Make impressive calling cards for potential clients. One idea is to print out samples of your work and then print your contact information at the back. Make sure that your portfolio is handy in case an interested client wants to see more of your work. Providing calling cards to acquaintances is a common way to spread out the words. Visit places or events where pet owners will most probably flock and distribute your calling cards.
Pet photography can yield more than enough money for your hobby and survival. However, this profession relies much on your passion. If you don’t have passion for taking pictures and animals, it’s almost impossible to succeed in this career.