Capturing Expressions

Tip of the Day – Include the bloopers

Include the bloopers! Dogs are great at surprising you with weird expressions and after every shoot you’re sure to end up with some bloopers. I’ve found pet parents often love these. This shot of Cleo...

Tip of the Day – Puppy Dog Eyes

For a simple, soulful portrait, you can’t go past that “puppy dog eyes” view from above. A super shallow depth of field (fast prime lenses are the best) and sharp focus on the eyes draws...

Tip of the Day – Let puppies play!

Puppies can be deceptively fast, infinitely random and not very cooperative when it comes to taking photos! Let them play and stay well back with a long lens. If they come over to check you...

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 – Tongues

Never underestimate the reach, flexibility and sheer comedic value of the tongue of a Great Dane when in full flight. That is all for today....

Tip of the Day – Space to look into

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from May 2010 and has been re-edited. Photographing dogs isn’t all about getting their attention and having them looking at the...

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....

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression in Adoptables

When taking photos of adoptable dogs looking for new homes, go the extra mile to try and capture some personality and create an emotional connection. Your images will stand out above all the regular standard...

Tip of the Day – Capturing Expression

Aim to capture expression in your images! Instead of always having the dog sitting looking at you with ears up - capture those little funny moments. A sequence of images where the dog’s expression changes...

Tip of the Day – Capture Details

Focus in on the little details! Macro lenses are great for capturing cute physical features such as this shiny little black button nose....

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Days

Stuck with shooting on a cloudy day? Put extra effort into how you use the features of your location, and in getting expression from your subjects, to make up for unexciting lighting!...

Tip of the Day – Use Noises for Expression

Expression is so important in pet photography. To get those alert, interested and often humorous looks from the dogs you’re photographing, work on your repertoire of crazy noises! I like to practice them in the...

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