Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Photograph Your Dog (7 Tips!)


If you follow our blog, you know that we are crazy obsessed with our chihuahua Joey. I mean, look at him, you would be too! We know we are not the only ones who consider our dog part of the family, which is why we decided to write this blog post about how to photograph your dog. Here are some of the tips we use to get those perfectly un-perfect portraits of our hairy child. We are not professional photographers by any means, but these are things that have worked for us in the past 4 years with our dog. We hope it helps!



Tip #1: Make sure your pet is comfortable.

Yes, doggie clothes is super cute, but nothing is worse than a miserable looking pooch. Some dogs like to wear clothes and some don't. If your dog doesn't like it, don't push it. Try a printed collar or bandana instead. Every dog is different. For example, Joey doesn't mind wearing shirts, but he draws the line with pants and sometimes even hats depending on his mood. We were able to capture the shot above right before he shook it off. Also, consider the weather and environment. If there are other dogs around the area, he may feel intimidated or want to play. If it is too hot, he may get overheated. Find a comfortable location for both of you.



Tip #2: Don't jump right into taking photos.

Show your dog some love before you whip out the camera. Play for a bit and let him or her burn off some energy before you make them stay still until you get that perfect shot. After all, all they want is your undivided attention. Joey is a lot more willing to cooperate on his terms. If he gets a little restless, we usually stop taking photos, play with him a little more, then resume.



Tip #3: Take an assistant.

All photo shoots require photography assistants and this one isn't any different. However, in this case, your assistant will really play the role of dog entertainer. It's best if you concentrate on taking the photos and have your friend, husband/wife, kids, etc. grab your dog's attention for the shots. Make sure they bring Fido's favorite squeaky toy and have them make high-pitched sounds to get priceless facial expressions on your dog. Try not to make too many noises yourself. It is better if they are unaware of your presence, although some dogs (Joey) love the camera.



Tip #4: Take lots and lots of pictures.

This is a good tip when taking any photography. If you don't like how it comes out, you could always delete it later, but at least you have a lot to chose from. Some of the best pictures we have of Joey were captured when we least expected them to happen. Use your zoom lens and take a variety of shots at different angles.



Tip #5: Get creative.

Think about the backdrop and props. You don't want to take away from the beauty of your pooch, just enhance it. It best not to use flash when photographing animals. It could spook them or create red eye on the photo. Natural light is always best. Get eye level with your dog, even if that means laying on the floor. This makes for unique photographs of your dog.



Tip #6: Relax!

Be patient and most importantly, have fun with it! Remember, dogs can sense your energy - have a positive attitude.




Tip #7: Reward them.

Always reward your pup with treats and hugs after a photo shoot. Being cute is hard work!




27 comments:

  1. Aww...Joey is so stinkin' cute! Excellent tips and my favorites are to not start snapping right away and to reward our fur babies. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Stacy! He is a ham! Hope you could use these tips.

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  2. Joey is so cute! I don't have a dog, but your tips were really fun to read!

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    1. Thanks Nami! You could apply these tips to children too.

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  3. Oh my gosh I had the exact same thought as Stacy...Joey is so stinkin' cute! These are great tips, you really do have some excellent pictures of him. I'm inspired to try and get some of Jamo now! We'd love to do a family picture with the two of us, Jamo, and our cat....I feel the cat would be even more difficult than Jamo though!

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    1. Haha! Yeah, good luck with the cat! You never know until you try though. Good luck!

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  4. You have a very willing model. Mine gives me the sad "do we have to?" face in every picture.

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  5. Your pooch is so cute, he looks so good in the photos. I have one too, a toy poodle, she doesn't like clothes though, the moment i put it on her she will go into hiding :(

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  6. Awe! Great shots. And this is a subject that is near and dear to our hearts since our furry baby is definitely part of our family. She's usually a very cooperative photo subject unless she's wearing a hat. In that case, she will roll on the floor until she's removed the offending object and there's no way to talk her out of it. :)

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    1. Joey doesn't like hats either. We try to capture as many pictures as we can before he takes it off his head!

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  7. Looks like Joey had more fun than you two! She is super cute. Thanks for sharing, Mrs.P.

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  8. Great tips and lovely pictures! Your dog is so cute.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. Aw, Joey is adorable!! And so photogenic :)

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  10. Found your post from a comment you made on another blog (Chickadeesays.com). As a fellow crazy about my dogs person (and new blogger!) I was intrigued. I SO enjoyed this post! And your little Joey is quite the photogenic cutie! Love the tips, and totally enjoyed reading :)

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    1. Thanks so much fo stopping by.. Our dog is just too much.

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  11. He is such a cutie pie. All of these are just great tips! Loving the fall pumpkins : )

    xx Kait

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  12. Hey, I couldn’t find an email address. I wanted to ask a question about your dog, so can you email me back?
    –Shaye
    shayewalsh1@gmail.com

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