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Tip of the Day – Plan for sunset

Image 5 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Twilight is one of my favourite times to shoot - especially in open locations - near the water and...

Tip of the Day – Special moments

Image 4 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions One of the main reasons people shy away from being in the photos with their pets, is because they...

Tip of the Day – Careful exposure

This fantastic jetty leads eastwards out into the bay, so late in the afternoon it receives the last bit of sunshine of the day. For this shot, I waited until the sun was down just...

Tip of the Day – Complimentary backgrounds

Image 2 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions The seaside headland where I was shooting Billy’s session has some really cool rocky features - pink and red...

Tip of the Day – Natural action

Image 1 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions. Billy’s afternoon session took place at a seaside location with a jetty, small sandy beach and a rocky headland....

Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

One of the things I get asked all the time, is how to create a wide variety of different types of shots in a pet photography session. It's easy to fall into the habit of shooting the...

Tip of the Day – Candid beach shots

Photographing dogs running free on the beach is my favourite thing ever! Okay so not really a tip… but seriously… some of my most favourite action shots are totally unscripted, candid shots. Being a quiet...

Tip of the Day – Grab those opportunities

Don’t always wait for the planets to align before taking your shot - just do it! Little Mickey here (yes, named for his awesome ears!) had grabbed this piece of bamboo and was running down...

Tip of the Day – Meaningful locations

When shooting for a client, think about what sort of locations would be meaningful for the owner, and try to capture shots that include scenes and background details. Flash the Poodle belongs to Janel, the...

Tip of the Day – Digital trickery

Getting a great shot of two dogs together often involves a little digital trickery. If the dogs do not have a good stay, put them both on lead and have the handler hold the leads...

Tip of the Day – Capture interaction

I love a good dog-and-owner silhouette. Since facial expressions are not visible, tell the story of their relationship in a different way. Having them facing each other and interacting is one way to do it!...

Tip of the Day – Water safety

When shooting at the beach, the best spot for the light may be IN the water! Be prepared to get wet but make sure your camera is well secured (neck strap at the very least)...

Tip of the Day – Move the focus point

Select a single focus point and carefully place it over one eye when shooting “puppy dog eyes” shots like this. Leaving the focus up to the camera often results in the dog’s nose being in...

Tip of the Day – Semi Silhouettes

The aim when you’re shooting silhouettes is to have the dog outlined completely against the sky. Sometimes it’s impossible to get down low enough and their feet or lower legs aren’t quite against the sky...

Tip of the Day – Funny expressions

Be ready to capture those funny in-between expressions, as your clients will often love them! We worked really hard to get Sammy’s mouth closed as it was sooo humid and hot in Costa Rica. We...

Tip of the Day – Over the shoulder

Sitting little dogs up on their owners shoulders like this can be a good way of getting them to stay where you want them. It also means you can include the owner in the image,...

Tip of the Day – Candid moments

Candid moments between dogs and their owners are often the most genuine. Instead of “posing” people - ask them to go sit down somewhere (where the background and light is pretty) and just ask them...

Tip of the Day – Choosing action locations

Shooting action directly under the shade of trees doesn’t usually provide enough light. The ideal location is a big grassy area open to the sky, with trees or bushes to the west, shading the area...

Tip of the Day – Leading Lines

Use perspective to lead the eye to your subject. Man made structures such as roads, fences, railings and walls are all great as they provide straight “leading lines” in your shot....

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