Pet photography can have great results. Looking for a pet photographer is similar to looking of r a child photographer in that the person must be skilled at getting results from a subject that may not want to cooperate. Animals have personalities as people do. These temperaments individual must be taken into consideration when attempting to shoot film or digital images of pets.
Keeping the personality of the pet in mind, a portrait of a pet should say something. As a photography session of a person tells a story about them in what they wear or how they look, revealing emotion in a single portrait or in a couple or family portrait revealing a feeling of love or togetherness, so the portrait of the pet should be respectful and let that personality shine through.
While photographing pets its good to remember that pets are unpredictable and don't always feel like following the rules. In the middle of a shoot they could get up and walk away. They could refuse to sit, or refuse to stand. The key ingredient for a photographer when capturing images of pets is patience.
Collecting images of the family pet must be kept streamlined and simple. If there is too much stimulus or loud noises the animal won't be comfortable. An uncomfortable animal won't look very good in the finished image.
There are tricks to getting good poses from animals even if they won't cooperate. Focusing on a certain aspect of an animal: the eyes, the feet, a mouth with a tongue rolling out. Be creative even when the animal says "no way." Also, there is more than one side to an animal. Profile shots work very well for dogs and especially cats.