pets and people 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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...

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