Henry and Baloo, the adorable dog and cat explorers, have two million followers for their Instagram account (@henrythecoloradodog), a book and, most importantly, a friendship for life. To find out the best tips and tricks for creating heartwarming videos of your own pets, Master It went to Cynthia Bennett, their documentarian and pet mom.

“Baloo copies everything Henry does,” Cynthia says. “We’re pretty sure he thinks he is a dog.” And while their amazing bond took some time to develop, she says they were able to connect over the important things: “They both love the outdoors and treats.” Master It wanted to ask Cynthia: what are the best tips for creating heartwarming videos of pets? Luckily, she had the purrfect pointers.

Photographer Cynthia Bennett kisses her pet dog and cat while taking a selfie. Photographer Cynthia Bennett kisses her pet dog and cat while taking a selfie.
A dog poses in a mossy forest. A dog poses in a mossy forest.
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Pick the right time and place

Pets usually perform their best in environments that are warm, calm and quiet. Golden hour (the 60 minutes after sunrise or before sunset) is great for direct light, but Cynthia prefers to shoot on cloudy days when the light is softer and more varied. Plus, there’s less pressure to get the shot you want in time. Flexibility is also key. Whether it’s a closed location, bad weather or just a pet having a grumpy day, you should always be ready to pivot to a new plan.

A close-up image of a cat posing in a mossy forest. A close-up image of a cat posing in a mossy forest.

Arrive early to exercise and explore

The more time your pets have to get familiar with their surroundings, the more comfortable they’ll be when you bring out the camera. Plus, a little exercise will tire them out and make them more open to taking direction. “Henry and Baloo know that we always run and play before we sit and stay,” says Cynthia.

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A dog resting his head peacefully on a cat's body on a trail in the forest. A dog resting his head peacefully on a cat's body on a trail in the forest.

Get on their level

When it comes to capturing the best shot, Cynthia advises, “Eye contact is great, but eye level is better." And don’t be afraid to lie down on the trail or get muddy. “That’s part of the fun,” she adds.

If your pet is looking around at everything but the camera, try throwing a stick in the direction you want them to face, getting their attention with a favorite toy or having a friend run around behind you.

The arm of a pet owner extending toward the cat and dog to give them some food. The arm of a pet owner extending toward the cat and dog to give them some food.

Don’t forget the treats

When your pets do a good job, be sure to reward them. Affection works, but a food reward will go further. The shoot itself can be a treat and a great way to bond. “Don’t rush a shoot or put too much pressure on your best friend,” Cynthia says. “Having fun together is the most important thing.”

1 Space Zoom capabilities vary by device model. The Galaxy S21 and S21+ offer up to 30X Super Resolution Zoom, a 3X hybrid optic zoom. The Galaxy S21 Ultra offers up to 100X super resolution zoom, which has 3X and 10X optical zoom. Super Resolution Zoom includes digital zoom, which may cause some image deterioration.

2 8K Video Snap produces images up to 33MP in size. The photo resolution may vary depending of the video aspect ratio. Snap shots based on 16:9 aspect ratio video generate a 33MP image while shots captured at a 21:9 aspect ratio produce a 25MP image.

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A dog and cat snuggle faces together outside. A dog and cat snuggle faces together outside.

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Henry + Baloo

Two rescues exploring, following their noses, and running free.

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