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Pet Photography needs patience and the ability to get what you want from other people’s pets.


These days you can buy a digital camera at a very reasonable price. You can practice with this camera as much as you like without it costing you anything.

Also you do not have the problem and expense of getting film developed. You only need to print selected photographs so this too will keep costs down.

Therefore, even if you do not think you are very good at photography, there will be no expense incurred in practicing.

Begin by taking photographs of your own pets. Then move on to those of friends and family. You can even take pictures of birds in the park, cats roaming around and horses in fields.

Get a good collection together in order to build a portfolio which you can use to show prospective clients.

People have all kinds of animals as pets these days. You will find clients with dogs, cats, birds, horses, reptiles, fish, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and so on.

This is a business which you can run part-time or full-time. You can set up a studio at home or go to the homes of the animals in question. You could set up a deal with the pet stores to erect a small ‘studio’ in a suitable corner on dates which are convenient and offer the service to their customers.

You can, of course, do a mix of all these to suit yourself and the circumstances presented.

Wherever you set up your Pet Photography studio it needs to be of a size which enables you to use any angle without the problem of other items intruding into the background.

Back screens and covers are best in white or maybe very pale pastels. Have more than one cover – some pets, especially when nervous, may make a ‘mess’.

Money making opportunities don’t end with the Pet Portrait. You can multiply your income by offering pet images on such items as calendars, greetings cards and notelettes; mugs and table mats; hats and tee shirts; key-rings and mouse mats. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

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