expression Tag

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...

Tip of the Day – Be Ready

Always be ready for the unexpected! As much as we humanise them, dogs are animals, and animals do random things when you least expect it. Constantly observing the body language of your canine subject might...

Tip of the Day – Capture Happies

Images of dogs are more endearing to us when they’re focused on us, alert and happy. Images where the dog is exhibiting eye contact, ears erect and forward, head up and even tilted a little...

Tip of the Day ~ Attention Please!

What motivates your subject and gets their attention? For some dogs it’s treats, but for Pruna the Spanish Water Dog here, it was her ball! Pruna was one of the amazing models at our recent...

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression

I can’t emphasise enough how important capturing expression is in dog photography! Expression is what sets your work apart and makes your images engaging, interesting and storytelling - rather than just a photo of a...

Tip of the Day – Include Something Memorable

When shooting for a client, include favourite toys if they play a big part in the dog’s life! Photos like these are fun to look back on and jog happy memories in years to come....

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