9 Tips to take great pet pictures

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PHOENIX -- If you like most pet parents, you know that getting a great picture of your dog or cat is often easier said than done.

According to professional animal photographer Michelle Pelberg, the key is getting your pets in their home elements where they are most comfortable.

Pelberg shared several tips with 3TV's Javier Soto.

1. Use treats. Even put treats near the camera so they can get used to it.

2. Let your pets do what they do. Don't expect them to pose or sit still. Unless they're sound asleep, it's not going to happen.

3. Get on their level. It puts them at ease and gives you a great perspective.

4. If you have more than one pet, catch them interacting.

5. Uses sports or action settings on point-and-shoot cameras to capture your animals in motion.

6. Be patient. If you take your time and don't rush the process, you will eventually get some fabulous candid shots.

7. Don't always try to center your shot. Off-center subjects allow you to capture elements in the background to make the photo more visually interesting.

8. Don't be afraid to use natural light. The night setting on most cameras allows more natural light into the photo.

9. Use toys and objects that squeak or make noise to get your pet's attention. Be prepared to snap shots quickly.

For more information, Cow Dreamz Photography can be reached at 602-510-1929 or by logging on to www.cowdreamz.com.