To me it’s all about making that connection and getting the best expression from the animal you are photographing. Most of my experience comes from photographing rescue animals because that’s what I’ve been doing for over six years now.
Sometimes the rescue dog or cat is so traumatized and frightened that making any unusual sound will scare them, in those cases moving slowly and giving lots of praise goes a long way towards getting the animal to relax and start showing you their true personality.
Sometimes they are already relaxed and ready to be silly & give you some crazy head tilts and fun expressions. I love making crazy sounds and watching their reaction. My specialty is my crying kitten imitation that I’ve perfected from volunteering at the humane society all these years.
In pet photography you can’t be shy when it comes to connecting with your subject; I make a lot of silly sounds and do lots of crawling around to get photos at the pets eye level.
Never in a million years would I have thought that this is the job I would end up with and absolutely love it.