10 pro photo tips for perfect pet portraits at home and outdoors

PhotoPlus Pet Portraits Apprentice
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Animals are undoubtedly one of the more challenging subjects to photograph. They're unpredictable and usually have a mind of their own. Animals out in the wild can be especially tricky, but even well-trained pets can struggle to sit still for very long on a photoshoot.

But for wildlife and pet photographer Laura Galbraith this is her job, having converted her home living room in Burwell, UK into a fully kitted out studio with multiple flashes, backgrounds and a platform on which to pose her pets.

PhotoPlus Pet Portraits Apprentice
Laura Galbraith

Laura was an IT and maths teacher, but seven years ago decided to pursue her passion and become a full-time photographer. She now runs a successful pet photography and workshop business. She’s had great critical acclaim too, winning the Guild of Photographers Bird Image of the Year title in 2019 and Nature and Wildlife Image of the Year in 2020. We met up with her at her home studio in Burwell to teach Helen to take some top pet pictures.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.