Tips and Tricks for good photos:

1.  Have them near window light during the day (preferably facing more towards window) with NO overhead indoor light on.

2.  If outdoors, avoid blowing out the highlights (avoid over exposure) by  not photographing them in the middle of the day.  Try later in the afternoon or earlier in the morning when the light is softer.  Or if it’s in the middle of the day, try being in evenly lit shade.  

3.  Always physically move in closer instead of trying to zoom in.  The closer, the better. 

4.  Never use flash (let's avoid scary eyes)

5.  Avoid filters and avoid sending screen shots (originals are best)

6.  Avoid photos of them laying upside down or with objects blocking them.

7.  Have someone directly beside you with treats or a toy and make noises and hand gestures to get their attention while you take photos.

8.  If they refuse to look at you, wait until they’re relaxed, get close with the camera, and try throwing something behind you when you snap photos to get them to look past you.  Unless you like a profile shot.  

9.  If you want your dog “smiling” with tongue out, take them for a walk/run first.  They’ll start panting.

10.  Better to sit down at their level than shooting directly above.

11. I know cats like laying down.... but try getting them sitting upright.  Is the cat okay with being held?  Maybe pick them up and hold them upright for someone to take the photo (near good light).

12.  PATIENCE IS KEY!! 

13.  After you take some photos, and the light is good... If I were to zoom in (magnify) the image... would I be able to see details in the eyes and fur?   If so... then it’s perfect! 

On the left, they physically moved closer to subject with camera instead of cropping or zooming in. 
They are also using window light. 


On the right, it's too dark and the camera flash caused the eyes to reflect. 
Also, an object is in the way so I can't good a good idea of the shoulders or body. 

On the left, they physically moved closer to subject with camera instead of cropping or zooming in. 
They are also outside when the sun is low. 


On the right, it's too dark, you can't see the eyes, they used a heavy instagram filter, and it's a screenshot so it's pixelated.  
Also, because the person is holding the dog is at a strange angle, it's difficult to figure out the shoulders/body position. 

On the left, they physically moved closer to subject with camera, they got down at their level, and they are using window light.  


On the right, it's too dark, too blurry, too far away from above, and the cat is making some sort of strange face that's hard to tell. 

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