This might seem like common sense, but it's important to photograph Fluffy in a way that makes her comfortable. If she's a bouncy puppy, don't keep ordering her to sit while you frame the shot. Sure, you can spend a lot of time staging the scene and coaxing the dog to sit just so, but you'll often get better photos with a fraction of the effort just by waiting for your pets to express their unique personality. My pooch, for example, loves to stand on top of her igloo dog house, sort of like a real-life Snoopy. Why stage something when I can just keep a camera near the window and snap something like this?