Halloween is a fun time of year and many pet parents safely include their pets in the celebration. Halloween is also a great opportunity to have a good time taking photographs of your pet.
PetSmart sent Sugar surprise Halloween goodies. Golden Woofs created this post to thank PetSmart and feature their Halloween costumes and toys. Lots of Golden Thanks PetSmart!
6 Halloween Pet Photography Tips
1. Make it Simple. Adding a fun backdrop contributes to the quality and appeal of the photo. By accessorizing your dog with a pom pom neck, brings out your pets personality and creates an instant Halloween scene.
2. Venture the Outdoors. If you decide to dress up your pet, outdoor photography can give you better location, light exposure and creativity by using your surroundings.
Make sure your pet is comfortable wearing a Halloween costume. Be flexible and if necessary make adjustments. It is important that your pet is comfortable. The bee dog costume is soft, light-weight and attaches with ease. A “headgear” is part of the costume but can be easily pulled back.
3. Put A SMILE! Provide distractions like a tasty Halloween treat or Halloween toys. Keep treats and toys in your hand and near your camera while you take photos. A pawsome trick for your pet’s eyes to look towards the lens and guarantees a pet smile.
Since Sugar is deaf, using a treat or toy is a great method to get her attention, look at the lens and a pawfect way to highlight something like the logo on her DC Comics Wonder Woman costume.
4. Experiment with Perspective. Shooting different angles provides your photography many unique creative perspectives.
Sugar and I attended a Halloween outdoor event, and her skunk costume was a hit. Lots of FUN ways to highlight and feature the costume.
5. Capturing Candid Moments. Set your camera to the continuous shooting mode (or burst mode). Always be ready, you never know what it may capture.
6. It is important to have FUN and just let your pet do their thing, and you’re guaranteed to capture a gem.
Have a Special Banana Split Day!
If your are still looking for a pet costume, visit your local PetSmart. At PetSmart, you’ll find fun, new ways to help your pet express his/her personality and style. We also invite you to visit PetSmart Resource Center and read 5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet.
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Earl Lover says
Fab advice! You always take amazing photos of Sugar! And she’s always smiling! 🙂
Shelley Joy P says
Thanks for the tips 🙂 I am still practicing with the dogs lol I do take Halloween pictures of the dogs whether in costume or just with props.
Sharon Gilbert says
Yes I take picture of Schooner and Skipper in costume.
Layla Morgan Wilde says
I loved the skunk and bee costumes best. Comfort and safety is key and of course fun. With cats, it’s trickier but I did get some shots of Merlin with a witch hat 🙂
Katty k says
I loved the skunk costume best.
I love to take Halloween pictures of Pumpkin(dog) and my pet rabbits, Oreo and Cookie
Deb K says
Yes we do take pictures of our babies.
Laura J says
We have taken pictures before! Always so fun!
yes really looking forward to taking Halloween photos this year!
Sally T. says
I liked how you photographed the bee costume by your flowers.
By far I liked Sugar with the Skunk costume,because of the little
pouf of hair on the top of Sugar’s head.You have given me some
great tips on how to photograph. Thank-You.
Happy Halloween. 🙂
Sally T. says
Yes I take pictures of my dogs for Halloween
in their costumes.
Dory's Backyard says
Thanks for the great tips, Sugar!!
Dory, Jakey, Bilbo & Arty
Shayna A says
Yes I do. So far just his pumpkin costume/sweater, but it’s too cute!
Denise S says
I sure do! Ruby earned her PupScout Halloween Costume Badge today!
We do take costume pics of our dog when he puts up with it!
I do take Halloween photos of my pets….sometimes “Autumn photos” if I don’t dress them up. They look amazing with a backdrop of autumn leaves.
Of course I do!
Amy Orvin says
Yes, I do.
Patrycja Chudziak says
Yes! I love to take pics of her normally, but in a costume trick or treating with my son in costume..priceless!
Amy A says
I take pictures of Nala with the kids dressed up but no ther even though I wish she would be willing to where a costume but I guess a bandana will do
Lauren Miller (ZoePhee) says
Those are great tips! I do take Halloween photos! I didn’t get them costumes this year, though but we did do themed photos!
Sammantha D. says
I’ll take any excuse for taking photos of my gang, so I happily take some of them in costumes every year.
Christine Aiello says
Yes I take photos of Coco for Halloween and she dresses up every year for it.
No. She would never stand for me dressing her up. I love your dog’s pics though. She looks so patient and easy-going!
Great suggestions! My pups will indeed be having their pictures taken this Halloween!
Chris DeHart says
Yes I dressed my cat up and took pics of him.
Yes we love taking pics of our pooches on holidays!
Stephanie Liske says
I do not take Halloween photos of my dog.
Deborah W. says
I don’t take Halloween photos but I do take photos her all the time. I do dress her up a bit at Christmas and Easter though. 🙂
Sandy Weinstein says
yes we take photos, we to 3 parties last wkend, and have some this wkend. usually i make new outfits every yr, but have not had the time this yr. we have over 15 outfits for all 3 gals.
Yes we like taking holiday pictures of our dog.
Chris DeHart says
Yes I take picture of my pets on halloween.
Jason Diehl says
of course I dress them up and take pictures, but I gave them all a break this year
Rachel DeHart says
This is my first year dressing up my pets and I took pics and enter pet costumes contest and so far we won a couple petco gift card.
Yep we can’t resist taking photos!
Jennifer Reed says
I have never taken Halloween photos of my pet but it would be a really cute idea.
susan smoaks says
this year was the first year i took a lot of pictures of my dog for halloween
Diane S says
When the mood or the moment hits. They dont always cooperate well .
Laurie Emerson says
I have taken a few Halloween photos of our beagle Rusty.
kim keithline says
Yes I take halloween pix of my pet but he is not happy about it
tina reynolds says
Yes I can’t resist taking pictures
Leslie Davis says
I don’t really since Reesee is anti costume for the most part.
Tonya Flores says
We take pics of our dogs almost everyday, we are kinda addicted lol
Candie L says
I just took a picture of our Yorkie and our two Jackolanterns. Thank you
Faith Collins says
Every year! The first year, Bowser was a hot dog, last year he was a bee and this year he’s wearing a rocket on his back that says “Moon or Bust” – fits right in with our space theme this year. He is really good about having his picture taken which is great because I LOVE to take it!