Tip 1. Avoid Direct Sunlight & camera flashes
Sunny days are gorgeous, but they make for terrible photos! Direct sunlight can cause some shadows, making it hard to see your pet's face clearly. When possible, try to take photos of your pet under some shade when outdoors.
Tip 2. Get Down to Your Pet's Level
You wouldn't take a portrait of a friend standing three feet above them, so you shouldn't take a headshot of your pet from above either. Kneel or lay down until your camera is directly at eye-level with your pet's face.
Tip 3. Stabilise Your Camera on a makeshift platform
Unless you have tripods for hands, set your camera down on a table, rock, or attach it to an actual tripod to take a photo of your pet. Try to look for opportunities to stabilise yourself (even if it means leaning against a wall) in order to get sharp photos.
Tip 4. Find a Simple, Contrasting Background
Your pet is the central focus of the photo, so make sure that you get them in front of a dark background if she's light or a light background if she's dark so she really pops in the photo. Try to pick a background that is as simple as possible so the eye isn't distracted by busy lines or patterns.
Tip 5. Reward them!
Make sure you bring plenty of treats and praise your pet for being such a good pet and sitting still for a photo. It takes a lot of patience, so make sure you reward this good behaviour!