Handling Techniques

Tip of the Day – Use a bench seat

Group shots are nearly always a little challenging! If your subjects are small enough, like this foursome of gorgeous Cavaliers here, try popping them up on a bench to stop them from moving around. Use...

Tip of the Day – Puppy attention spans

Puppies are super fun to photograph but can be challenging! They are usually curious and responsive to all manner of things, but take care not to over-use effective noises to get their attention as they...

Tip of the Day – Deaf and blind dogs

When working with deaf or blind (or both, in this case) dogs, it can be very challenging to obtain expression. Instead of defaulting to noises and visual cues, target other senses. Some may sense vibration...

Tip of the Day – Keep on leash for control

Even in locations that allow dogs off leash, sometimes it’s just easier to keep dogs on leash for more control - especially if they don’t have a good stay or recall. If nothing is available...

Tip of the Day – Elevate Small Dogs

When shooting in locations with long grass, little dogs can become easily lost! Pop them up on a log or somewhere elevated to help keep them in place (using my ‘positioning on the edge’ technique...

Tip of the Day – Become the Pawparazzi

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from July 2011 and has been re-edited. To create variety in your pet photography sessions, especially when working with dogs off-lead,...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Multiple Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs, unless they have a rock-solid stay, try tethering them both at equal lengths to a nearby tree or pole to keep them in place....

Tip of the Day – Multiple Dogs in Action

When photographing multiple dogs in action, decrease the aperture (larger number) and try not to zoom in as much, to increase the depth of field and have more chance of getting them both in focus....

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another method of dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to position them on the edge of something. It could be a step, a bench, a garden bed, a boulder - whatever you...

Tip of the Day – Tethering

My number one method for dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to either have the owner or a helper hold them on leash and stand off to the side - or to...

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another way to get two dogs lined up perfectly next to each other, is to put them both on the edge of something. Steps, benches, platforms, tables - they’ll usually sit right at the edge...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Two Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs that don’t stay, find something safe and secure to tether them to. With the leads the exact same length, they will reach the limit end of their lead and automatically be...

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