people and pets Tag

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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...

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