Next to our dogs, there’s only one other thing we pet owners love best – taking photos of our dogs.
That said, getting the perfect pooch portrait can be no mean feat. If they’re not looking away from the camera, they’re exhibiting less than model behaviour – and you’re tearing your hair out.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to take the perfect pic of your pup, then check out our top tips for photographing your pooch – their paws-itively awesome!
Get Them Camera Ready
Not all dogs are happy to simply sit still whilst you take your snaps.
To increase your chances of success, make sure to take your furry friend for a long walk before their big photo shoot, so they can get rid of any excess energy.
A Barkin’ Backdrop
Keep the background of your photo simple. This way your four-legged friend will really stand out in the shot.
So ditch the clutter and make your dog the real star of the show.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Good photography is really all about the correct lighting. And where possible, you should always take advantage of natural light.
When photographing indoors, maximise natural light by opening any curtains and blinds, to let the sun shine in. This way you can evade having to use the flash on your camera – flashes can be a little unflattering, which is why they’re best avoided.
Overcast days make for the best setting, as bright light creates harsh shadows. But if you’re photographing your pooch on a brighter day, then try to find a shady spot with no direct sunlight to ensure your photos catch your dog in the best possible light.
Be Snap Happy
Practice makes perfect and the more shots you take, the more likely you are to get an amazing photo. So have a little patience, and be prepared to take lots of pictures!
Try a Little Bribery
Getting your dog to cooperate isn’t always easy, in fact, it can be nearly impossible. But every dog has a weakness, whether it’s food, or their favourite squeaky toy. Use this to your advantage.
There’s nothing wrong with resorting to a little bribery to get your dog to cooperate. So don’t be afraid to waggle a few dog treats in front of your camera to ensure you have their undivided attention.
If your dog’s a tad camera shy, don’t despair. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and with a little patience you can turn even the most camera-averse dog into a photogenic pup.
Start simple, by getting your dog used to seeing the camera. The more you do this, the more relaxed they’ll become around it.
Making the experience a fun and positive one for your dog will also help them overcome their nerves. By rewarding your dog with treats when the camera’s around, they’ll soon learn to associate photos with good things.
Want a photo of your dog showing off their best smile? Then try this neat trick – it works a treat every time!
Take your dog for a quick run around your back garden first. A tired dog is a happy dog and if you’re lucky, once they’ve settled down, they should shoot you a gorgeous grin.
Change Your Perspective
Don’t just snap from above. Get creative and try different angles to produce some more interesting shots.
And remember to capture the aspects of your dog you love most too. Zoom in to those expressive eyes and powerful paws – these will make for some delightfully quirky shots.
Make Their Personality Pop
It’s not all about striking the perfect pose. The aim of any good portrait should be to let your pooch’s personality shine through. So make sure to capture your dog’s goofy moments too.
So there we have it, some top tips for taking those all-important pet photos.
As leading providers of dog walking services in Croydon, here at Dog School we understand how important your dog is to you. And we like to take our fair share of doggy photos too!
Want to know more about our services? Then contact us today by giving us a call on 07734 447 812.