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Tip of the Day – Work with their quirks

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. This is a super weird expression! Why is Benji’s mouth all twisted up like that? What’s going on with his lips? Is he barking, or …? This...

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 – Use tools

Don’t be afraid to use the right tools to get the job done!⠀ ⠀ I really wanted to get Kentucky on the edge of the water for this shot, but I knew the temptation to dive into...

Tip of the Day – Let them explore

An often overlooked piece of the dog photography puzzle is providing an enjoyable experience for the dog. A nice way to ease into your photo session is to let your doggy subject explore the area...

Tip of the Day – Line of sight

Have you ever tried to photograph a dog who would much rather look at anything and everything except you? Or perhaps they concentrate sometimes, but only when there are zero other distractions around?⠀ ⠀ Niku falls 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 – 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 – Better stays on-leash

Photographing dogs on-leash is a great way get them to stay where you want them. Ask the owner or handler to hold the leash straight up, and stand next to them, with their body as...

Tip of the Day – Long leash

When it’s impossible for your doggy subjects to be off-leash - perhaps their recall isn’t great, or the law requires it - having alternative options such as a long leash is a must. But not just...

Tip of the Day – Slow action

Action shots can sometimes be tricky to orchestrate when the dog isn’t interested in chasing a ball or toy. For dogs that are very treat motivated - developing a bond with them beforehand will ensure...

Tip of the Day – Dogs on logs

I love shots of dogs up on logs, it’s a great way to keep them in the one place. I always encourage the dog to jump up and balance on the log under their own...

Tip of the Day – Re-create the action

9. Re-create the action Anything that involves rapid motion and direction changes can be tricky to capture, but there are ways of making the movement of dogs more predictable and easier to capture. You could start by...

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...

Tip of the Day – Towards the light

Image 2 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Urban areas are heaps of fun for creative compositions. Since urban elements like walls and buildings are fixed though,...

Tip of the Day – Be ready with continuous focus

Image 2 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Always be “ready for anything” when photographing dogs. Shooting in continuous focus (AI Servo on Canon and AF-C on Nikon)...

Tip of the Day – Puppy dog eyes

Image 1 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Welcome to the first post for Scully’s session! Scully is a lovely young Border Collie girl who is described...

Tip of the Day – Elevation fixation

Image 4 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions One way to keep smaller dogs in place when they tend to like wandering off is to elevate them...

Tip of the Day – Shallow slice of focus

Image 3 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions When she was younger, Chloe had a reputation for being mischievous and just a little bit naughty, but being...

Tip of the Day – Positive association

Image 2 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Although Chloe is quite deaf, there’s nothing wrong with her senses of smell and sight! I used treats to...

Tip of the Day – Face towards the light

Image 1 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Welcome to the first post for Chloe’s session! Last week we focused on Dutchie, a 4 month old puppy....

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