Sit. Stay. Snap.

Cat in flower bed
We asked six professional photographers for their secrets to taking pictures that show the world (or at least everyone on Facebook) just how adorable your cat or dog really is.

"To get him to look at the camera, ask questions. Anything will do -- it's all about the tone of your voice. Treats can backfire unless the pet is really well trained."
-- Danielle Moss

"I like to get down on the dog's level and hang out with her so she can check out the camera and see that it's not a threat -- plus you get great shots that way!"
-- Jeff Moore

"It's always best to wait until the animal is relaxed -- don't chase or rile her up. For instance, I like to photograph my cat just after his nap."
-- Lars Topelmann

"Limit distractions and pick a quiet location. (Don't take your pet to a park with tons of kids playing and expect her to pay attention!)"
-- Tiffany Holman

"Always have your camera or phone handy because you never know when your pet will do something adorable. Spontaneous moments are just that -- spontaneous!"
-- Shaina Fishman

"With cats I do try food. Let her smell it and then hold it just above the lens so she's looking right into the camera for your shot."
-- Jim Dratfield

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