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5 Low-Cost Cat Photoshoot Ideas for Your Feline Friends

By Rach DePaoli | Inspiration

You may think that in order to quality photos of your cat, you need to be a professional cat photographer. We have some different ideas, ones that will keep your feline friends happy and you scratch-free – you just have to make sure to set up their space to your own advantage.

Trying to force your cat to do anything is a bad idea, but if you can create a scene that they will naturally want to explore or nap in, you just solved the majority of the hard work. With the right strategies, cat lovers everywhere can enjoy a photoshoot with their furry friends.

Once you are finished taking your cat photos, head to BeFunky’s Photo Editor to start editing. If you want some help going through that process, make sure to check out our article How to Photograph and Edit Your Cat Photos for helpful tips and tricks.

Much-Needed Inspiration for Your Cat’s Photoshoot

If you need a little extra nudge in the right direction when it comes to creating an idea for a photo shoot, check out these photoshoot ideas below to get a better idea of where to start! When you are finished with your shoot and ready to edit, Befunky’s Photo Editor is the perfect next step.

1. Take Candid Cat Photos

This is one of the easiest photoshoot ideas since you are just making yourself available to shoot whatever your cat feels like doing. Keep them inside or take them outside to explore. This kind of shoot is extremely cute with kittens ready to explore for the first time.

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For a bit more control over this shoot, you can choose different themed or colored toys you want them to explore. The point of this shoot, though, is to let your cat take the lead!

2. Capture Your Cat Mid-Play

This photoshoot allows you to be in the moment with your furry feline. Make sure you get down to their level and take burst mode photos while they are playing or moving. This will give you many opportunities to capture that perfect mid-play action photo.

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3. Take a Beauty Shot

If you have a unique-looking cat, take a standard beauty shot to show them off.

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Whatever their unique feature, you are going to want to take these photos of your cat in the correct lighting to get this kind of beauty shot. You may even want to set out a blanket and put up a backdrop for a mini home studio. If you don’t have a lot of equipment, a sheet draped over the back of your couch or over a couple of chairs goes a long way. Get creative to get the shot!

4. Add Props for a Fun Photoshoot

If your feline friend is the cooperative type, get some props and make it a weekly or monthly thing that you do. Who knows, maybe your cat could be the next big thing on social media and garner all the cat likes.

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If you are into this sort of thing, you may want to invest in a small lighting setup so that your shots will look a bit more studio-like rather than just candid. It will really help to sell the experience to your audience.

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For a list of props that work well for a cat photoshoot, check out Karen’s favorite props for a cat photoshoot list that includes household props like blankets and plants.

5. Take It Easy With a Naptime Photoshoot

This is the photo shoot for the curious and calm photographers out there – the ones who like a low-stress situation. Admit it, your cat sleeps a lot. All you have to do is catch your cat in the best natural light while they are sleeping and you’ll get some really incredible photos.

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You can even set up a basket and blankets in a sunspot around your house to lure your cat where you want them. If your cat is one that becomes more playful when they wake up, try bringing a toy with you towards the end of their nap to get some cute, slow, and playful shots.

While editing, if there is something that you are itching to remove, try using the Object Remover to get rid of any excess cat hair or eye sleepers.

6. Give Your Cat a Box

If you need a low-budget way to get your cat to cooperate with a photoshoot – put a box on the ground. As you know, your cat will most likely begin to explore this on their own and all you have to do is start taking photos. Try getting on the same level or taking shots from above with a treat in your hand.

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You can do this with any open container – a cereal box, a knocked-over hamper with clothes strewn, a basket, or just a plain cardboard box.

7. Use a Glass Surface for a New Perspective

Underlook shoots produce silly photos of your animal from underneath. It is a perspective we don’t often see – their flattened bellies and tucked-in peets. Take a look at all of these great photos from Andrius Burba’s Under-Cats project.

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You can easily recreate this if you have a glass surface like a glass coffee table. If your cat isn’t cooperating, you can do what this photographer did and spray catnip on the table surface for your cat to lick and roll around in. 

Having a Photoshoot for Your Cat Is Easy!

Having a photoshoot for your cat is easy. With any of these ideas above, you can create an environment for a professional-looking shoot right in your own home. Once you are ready to edit your photos, use BeFunky’s Photo Editor to make any adjustments you may need.

Photo Editing, Simplified.

Photo Editing. Simplified