expression Tag

Tip of the Day – Don’t run out of ideas

There’s nothing quite like a good old ball-chasing flat-out run to get some great expressions from a dog. I love the intense look of focus and the pure joy that chasing a ball usually elicits....

Tip of the Day – Look away

I’m usually all about expression and eye contact, but in some cases it’s nice to shoot images where the dog isn’t looking at the camera, to help create variety and show off some different physical...

Tip of the Day – Instinctual captures

When working with multiple dogs, I like to capture “matching” shots of each dog in similar spots, poses or angles. I feel these work well if the owner is putting together wall art or albums....

Tip of the Day – Blur it out

Urban areas can be challenging to shoot in as there is just so much going on visually! Instead of heavily featuring the location, concentrate on getting some more great expressions from your doggy model, using a...

Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

When dogs run, their heads move up and down depending on the point in their stride. When photographing dogs with big ears, floppy lips and big tongues (Great Danes are a prime example), catching them...

Tip of the Day – Colour splash

When shooting in urban areas, look out for splashes of colour you can use - especially walls and doors. It doesn’t even need to be a large expanse of colour, especially if you shoot with...

Tip of the Day – Stack stimuli

I use various methods to get engaged expressions from my doggy subjects. Sometimes that’s yummy treats, sometimes it’s crazy noises (either from my mouth or from various noise-maker tools) and sometimes it’s just a matter...

Tip of the Day – Switch it up

Creating variety during a dog photography session is something many pet photographers struggle with. Just how many ways is it possible to capture the same subject at the same location, anyway?⠀ ⠀ An easy method I like...

Tip of the Day – Portraits vs pictures

Capturing moments like these is what makes your photos not just “a picture of a dog”, but a portrait of that particular dog. I took this as we were actually trying to manoeuvre both dogs...

Tip of the Day – Expression is king

I simply cannot emphasise the need for capturing expression enough, when photographing dogs.⠀ ⠀ Expression makes all the difference between taking a picture of a dog - and creating that dog’s portrait.⠀ ⠀ Expression is what draws you into...

Tip of the Day – Buzz look

This shot is a good lesson to illustrate why you should always be alert to what the dog is reacting to, and be ready to use that to your advantage. Bendy was getting a...

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 – Convey personality

Capturing expression is SO important when photographing dogs.⠀ With Greyhounds especially, getting those ears up and forwards is always a challenge. Those aerodynamic little ears are designed to tuck back behind their heads for speed. Also...

Tip of the Day – The importance of expression

Capturing expression in dogs is the number one thing that differentiates the work of a “pet photographer” with the work of a general photographer. An image can be technically perfect with beautiful lighting but still...

Tip of the Day – Windy ears

Image 1 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions This shot is a “puppy dog eyes” style but can you pick what makes it a bit different? It’s...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting compromises

Image 4 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Backlighting can be a tricky lighting technique to master. Ideally, when you’re shooting towards the sun, it’s best to...

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 – 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 – 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 – Puppy attention spans

Puppies are super fun to photograph but can be challenging! They are usually curious and responsive to all manner of things, but take care not to over-use effective noises to get their attention as they...

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