Tip of the Day – Relaxed posed portraits

Tip of the Day – Relaxed posed portraits

For posed portraits of people with their dogs – shots where they are looking at the camera and smiling, as opposed to candids where they are interacting with their dogs – there’s one important thing to tell the owner before you start shooting.⠀

Before I started telling people this specifically, they would often be looking down at their dog, making sure they were looking or even pointing to the camera to try and get them to look at me. They’d often look worried or concerned and a lot of the time I’d just see the top of their heads instead of their faces!⠀

Now, before I even start shooting (when we’re getting the shot set up) I tell them:⠀

“As long as you’re dog is staying next to you, don’t even worry about what they’re doing, or if they are looking – because that’s my job! I’ll manage the dog, you just have to look at me.”⠀

This frees them up to stop worrying about what their dogs are doing and you’ll usually end up with more relaxed, happier expressions from your human subjects.⠀

Oh – and also be ready with a noisemaker to get the dog’s attention. I’ve found that if you use the most ridiculous sounding one you have available, it’ll often have the side effect of making the person laugh too – and laughs make the best smiles!⠀

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 145mm, ISO 2000, 1/800 sec, ƒ/4⠀

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