Photographing Pets

Puppy Photography by Alina Oswald.

Dog and Cat Photography

I usually photograph portraits, mostly men, editorials, and engagements and weddings. Every once in a while, I get to photograph pets, by themselves or with their owners, for business and for fun. I love animals, dogs in particular, and I always find it interesting to capture them.

Here are a few samples of my pet photography and stories behind the images, including images from Urban Animals event at D Pet Hotel in New York City.


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cat photography by Alina Oswald
Grumpy cat on the streets of Lagos, Portugal.
Cat Photography. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Grumpy looking cat with one eye open, guarding a store in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Here’s a shot of a grumpy cat, guarding the entrance of a store, on the streets of Lagos, Portugal. I had to shoot this from across the street.

When it comes to photographing cats, I think the challenging part is to get them interested in you, the camera, and photo shoot. That’s easier said than done. Cats usually have a mind of their own. But if you make friends with them first, before the photo shoot, you’re half-way there.


Dog Photography. Rescued Dog
Laugh Out Loud. Dog Photography by Alina Oswald.


I love photographing dogs, in studio and on location. And that is photographing dogs, their interaction with other dogs, especially when shooting outdoors, and with their humans, too.

Ambrose, the guide dog for legally blind; Kurt Weston's guide dog. December 2011
Ambrose, the guide dog. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Also, here’s a shot of my friend, award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston and his guide dog, Ambrose. Learn more about Kurt Weston and his guide dog, Ambrose, in Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography about Weston and his work.

Also, here’s a link to another (older, #tbt) post on pet and animal photography, including animals in the wild.



Also, here alina_kimba_2are two images of our family dog, Kimba (she’s adopted from Spain) and yours truly. Kimba was very interested in what I was reading on my computer screen.

It is fun photographing pets, observing how they interact and also how they treat the camera and you, the photographer. In the end, you always learn something new, and make new furry friends.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald



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