dog and owner Tag

Tip of the Day – Spontaneous interactions

I was all ready to start shooting action when I saw Baxter and Nicole having a little cuddle on the grass. Natural interactions like this between dog and owner always result in the most genuine...

Tip of the Day – Short leash

This is one of my favourite go-to dog and owner shots to take during a client dog photography session. Benji is a well behaved boy, but not all dogs walk this nicely on a loose...

Tip of the Day – Unscripted candids

Photos of dogs with their owners are not all about perfect, posed shots of all the members of the group sitting there looking pretty (though, that can be nice too!). Some of my favourite dog...

Tip of the Day – Open shade

When you’re working with natural light you should always be paying attention to the direction, intensity, quality and colour temperature of the light. This is especially important for black dogs. But what is good light? Open shade...

Tip of the Day – Walk by

This week we’re celebrating the release of Episode 5 of RealShoots - Bendy in the Village! This is a special one because I’m donating $10 from every Episode 5 purchase to Brisbane Greyhound rescue group...

Tip of the Day – Heads up

I love a good “dog and owner” walking shot, but sometimes dogs that walk really calmly with their owner get that “hang dog” look about them, which doesn’t make for a great image.⠀ To get expression...

Tip of the Day – Relaxed posed portraits

For posed portraits of people with their dogs - shots where they are looking at the camera and smiling, as opposed to candids where they are interacting with their dogs - there’s one important thing...

Tip of the Day – Observe and create

Getting to know your client and their pets is one of the best parts of the session. It’s not just the stories they tell or the things they say, it’s also how they interact with...

Tip of the Day – Over the shoulder

When photographing little dogs and their owners, the size difference between them forces you to think creatively when it comes to posing them. One way to address this is to have the owner hold their...

Tip of the Day – Space out your subjects

Silhouettes are one of my favourite ways to incorporate owners into the session, without placing too much pressure on them. I like to explain to them that silhouettes will only show their outline - they’ll...

Tip of the Day – Switch to wide

Here’s a tip for creating variety when photographing dogs with their owners. If you’re finished taking a group shot with a long lens to capture natural interactions, ask them to stay where they are while you...

Tip of the Day – Keep faces close

For posed portraits (which people do sometimes request), if you are working with dogs of different sizes, try to bring the larger dog down to the smaller dog’s level, and bring any people in the...

Tip of the Day – Walk up and back

Shooting from a long way back and zooming in with a telephoto lens is a great way to include the surroundings, while reducing the pressure on people to “pose”. I often send them off for...

Tip of the Day – Capture genuine moments

I can’t emphasis enough, how important it is with pets and people to capture natural interactions, expressions and poses. Asking people to pose and micro-managing where their hands or arms are, or where exactly they...

Tip of the Day – Playing games

This image of Bandit and his mum Leanne was taken at the shoot towards the end of the session. Bandit liked to do this own thing while off-leash, not really interested in chasing a ball...

Tip of the Day – Perfectly framed

Especially when shooting in urban areas, use your surroundings to frame and feature dog and owner relationships. This beautiful church doorway creates the perfect frame for Hugo the Great Dane and his mum Sarah, and...

Tip of the Day – Give them space

When working with dogs that are fearful with new people but have a solid, trusting relationship with their owners, capturing “dog and owner” shots while hanging back and zooming in with a long lens can...

Tip of the Day – Get down to their level

Getting down to the level of the dog applies when both photographing them, as well as being photographing with them, especially when the subject is a little dog and even more importantly, when it’s an...

Tip of the Day – Interactions

When shooting images of dogs and their owners, focusing on natural interactions between them is a good way of capturing their bond. If they have taught their dog some tricks, having them run through those...

Tip of the Day – Attentive walking

Image 3 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions I love a “doggy walking with owner” shot, but only if the dog isn’t pulling out in front. Some...

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