With a few tricks, you can take better pet snapshots and capture amazing memories of your furry friend. (StatePoint)

Tips to take great pet pics

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait, you’ve likely discovered pets can be elusive around cameras. Check out these tips from e-tailer Zulily creative photographer Taylor Graham:

• After choosing your location, give your pet a few minutes to get comfortable with the setting. 

• If you’re shooting outside, situate your pet in a shaded area. 

• Get low to your pet’s level and frame the face tightly, focusing on eyes.

• Treats and squeaky toys are a given for getting pets to focus.

• Most cameras and camera phones have a “burst mode” that takes many pictures in a row. Later you can select the perfect frame.

• Don’t just pose your dog against a white wall. Add flair with accessories that fit your pet’s personality. For unique pet products at great prices, shop apps like Zulily that offer quirky must-have items, stylish accessories, treats and pampering products. Their 72-hour sales represent some of the best deals in retail.

• With easy-to-use smartphone apps like VSCO and Photoshop: Express, you can adjust brightness, color and sharpness to bring a professional quality to images in seconds.