Choosing the best location for your Cat Photo shoot (With examples). Indoors vs Outdoors?

You've decided to hire a cat photographer to get your cat and family portraits! AMAZING! The next part is deciding where to have it at. With so many amazing locations to choose from, you're spoilt for choice! Today, let's talk about the pros and cons of both indoor and outdoor cat photo shoots. I will also include examples of both types of cat photography sessions.

Indoor vs Outdoor Cat Photo Session

The decision to get indoor or outdoor cat family photos might be an easy one. It depends on a few things.

  1. Is your cat indoors only or do they go outdoors too?

  2. If your cat goes outdoors, which places are they comfortable in?

  3. Is your cat harnessed trained?

  4. Picture a few portraits hanging on your wall, where are these photos taken at? What's in the background?

Outdoor Cat Photo Shoots

Pros of an Outdoor Cat Photo Shoot

  • You get photos unlike no other! With stunning scenery as the backdrop.

  • Good natural lighting

  • Lots of fun outdoors

Cons of an Outdoor Cat Photo Shoot

  • Cats need to be harness/lead trained (unless in your own backyard)

  • Might take some time for cats to be comfortable in this new environment

  • Can be tricky if cats are not used to other people or dogs around

  • Weather dependent

Outdoor Cat Photo shoots are only available to specific cat families. These cats must either be comfortable exploring outside on a lead or in the backyard of your home. The safety of your cat is number ONE!

We will often opt for locations where your cat has been before. If we are going to a different location, it would be best that you take them there to explore before our session. We would suggest secluded parks or beaches away from crowds and dogs.

Some of our favourite Outdoor Photo shoot locations:

1) Wendy's Secret Garden, Lavender Bay

Your photo shoot here will be like no other. Wendy's Secret Garden is a beautiful garden that hides amongst Lavender Bay Parklands. We'll start our session right at the top where there is a small park that overlooks the water. As we head down, there will be lots of photo opportunities with flowers and lush greenery as the backdrop. We will then get to the water's edge.

The "money shot" is with your family right in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is even a small patch of sand to make it look like you're on the beach. This location ticks the boxes for a beautiful garden, water, and city views. Warning: It can get crowded especially on Saturdays! We will definitely recommend picking an off-peak time for your session here.

2) Sydney Park

Located in the inner-city area of Sydney is this beautiful parkland. Your Photo Shoot here will provide a variety of photos with different backdrops (some by the pond, others by the bush) As the parkland is huge, we can often find secluded areas for you and your cat to have a relaxing photo shoot.

3) Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes

This is a nice quiet picturesque reserve located at Mary Street, Rhodes. There were lots of secluded spots away from distractions to take photos at. With a number of backdrops to choose from, you and your cat will be sure to enjoy this location.

4) Western Sydney Parklands

There are so many locations to choose from within this one huge parkland. We bring our own cat, Evan, here sometimes to explore. The best part is there will be lots of space for your cat to avoid other people and dogs.

Indoor Cat Photo Shoots - At the comforts of your home

Pros of an Indoor Cat Photo Shoot

  • Cats and family members are often the most relaxed at home

  • Numerous props to choose from at home

  • No distractions (no need to worry about other dogs, people around)

  • Not weather dependent

  • We can take as much time as we need to earn their trust during the session

  • Easy access to your cat's favourite toys and treats

Cons of an Indoor Cat Photo Shoot

  • Cats might be so familiar with their hiding spots and stay hidden through the whole session

  • May not have much natural lighting

Some of our best photo sessions take place at our client's homes. Though we don't have a photography studio, we bring the studio to you. These make for the best photo shoots for most cat families as everyone is relaxing and having fun.

Like Outdoor Photo shoots, it may take lots of time for your cat to begin trusting us. Time and space are abundant when we are in your home. We will have to choose the location in your home that allows the most natural light to come through. This may involve moving some furniture around. We will also come prepared with our lighting equipment and backdrop if required.

You can also combine a home session can also with a park session nearby. We've found that most backyards make for the perfect backdrop for some of our action shots. Check this example out below...

What an Indoor-Outdoor Cat Photo Shoot might look like

We will always remember one of the best cat family photo shoots of all time. It took place at a beautiful home in Lane Cove. We spent the first part of the session taking photos of Snuggles (cat) and his family inside.

After this, Snuggles showed me all his favourite spots around the garden and patio. The portraits were beautiful as the entire family had a relaxing afternoon. They told me later that it didn't feel like a photo shoot, rather another lazy Saturday. I'm sure Snuggles agreed too!


No matter where you choose to have your pet photo shoot, we know that it will turn out well. At the end of the experience, you will be sure to get beautiful artwork to put up on your walls!

That said, it is still important to take the time to pick the right location. You might not decide to do a Pet and family photo shoot every year. So, it's best to choose the best possible location for your family for this session.

You may pick one of our favourite locations here or decide on one completely different. At the end of the day, it's about you and your family. Where do you and your cat have the most fun? Where are you most comfortable and relaxed?

What's Next?

We can help you with this brainstorming process. All you have to do is to click here to contact us! Or, book your free meet and greet session with us here. Together, we can choose the perfect location for your pet and family photo session. I can't wait to hear from you soon!

Keefe Tay (Pet Photographer in Sydney) 

Location: Sydney (Lane Cove, Upper and Lower North Shore, and the Northern Beaches) 


Phone no: 0404628424

We specialise in Outdoor, Natural light Dog and Cat Photography in Sydney. 

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