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Taking photos of cats can be difficult. They tend to want to do their own thing and can often turn away as soon as you get the camera out. There are lots of simple tricks and general advice below which you can employ to get that perfect photo for a portrait. The three main piece of advice we can give are Get up close. Get on their eye level. Use natural light. The photo of Bailey below is the perfect pose and taken in the perfect lighting. Natural light is imperative. This is especially important if you are using a mobile phones as their lenses need extra light to keep the photos in focus. Scroll to see some not so suitable photos and read why so that you can make sure you take the right kind of photos for your portrait.
Getting down on their eye level instead of looking down at them. This allows us to paint or draw their chest and head rather then just the head. The photo below shows how we often look at our cats, but its not the best photo to work from when painting as you can imagine.
Try to fill the frame with their head and shoulders if possible. In the photo of Baily below you can see the photo was taken full body from fairly far away. Although this is a lovely photo of Bailey laying down, Bailey's face is just a little too small in the frame to create a lovely head study portrait from. We only have the photos to go by and so the more we can see of your cat, the more details / better quality the painting will be.
If you are using mobile to take photos, a zoom is a great option to use as you can get closer without getting too close to your cat. Do be wary though as if you use your fingers to zoom in on the screen, you could be lowering the resolution of the image. So when using a mobile device instead take a step forward if you can as this will allow as much information to be in the photo as possible.
Keep photoshoots short, particularly if they are starting to get fed up with all of the attention. It's better to have your camera handy over a number of days and take a few pictures as and when. You may find that there will be a moment in the day where your cat is in the ideal position and you will be able to take the perfect photo.