I love to photograph my dogs. Surprised? Many people ask me how I get them all to sit still for a picture. Treats and a lot of talking is what I tell them. When I have them all three together it’s a bit more challenging. There is more chaos to deal with. It’s fun chaos though, so I get creative and embrace it. I utilize the same tips and techniques for those 1:1 sessions as well as the group shots.
So, yesterday Disco was enjoying a mellow moment by himself in the hallway. As I walked by it gave me the idea to post a few techniques that I use when photographing him and his brothers. He loves the bonding time as much as I do. Things can get wild living in a home with multiple pets. No complaints though. It keeps life interesting.
Truthfully, I lay right down on the floor with them. Get down to their level. Just imagine someone taking your photograph and having them stand over you giving you directions. Too intrusive for me.
I gave Disco a little bit of distance to see if he was going to stay. His tail was wagging as I turned on my camera so that was an “all clear” sign for me. The more practice you give yourself the more you’ll get to know your pet’s personality when using your camera. Mute all the noises that your camera makes when taking a photo. This way you won’t startle your subject.
I took a few shots and then moved in a bit closer (refer to opening image to this post).
I had my camera about two to three inches from his nose. We were both comfortable so I kept shooting. I’ve been working with a point shoot camera for some time now. I’m curious to see how they will do with my new cameras and the lenses. I have yet to introduce them to the new equipment.
Get creative with your shots. Move around a bit for a different angle. With consistent verbal praise his tail kept wagging and I captured some great shots.
As I moved back away from him he reached out with his paw. Another great angle. Just go with the flow. This stuff comes natural to me so it’s hard to put into words. I hope your finding this helpful.
Disco then started to fall asleep.
A little head rub from Mommy and he was out for an afternoon snooze.
With Disco resting peacefully I though I would check and see what the other dogs were doing. As I approached House he looked up at me and then tucked his head under the blanket. Notice he is smiling.
What better way to capture your dog’s personality than with a photo.
Have fun and be creative!
**Tip: I always use Cheerios (plain) for treats when photographing the dogs. They are small and nutritious. I would rather give them 10 or 15 Cheerios than 10 of their regular treats. I have to watch their waistline as well.
Until the next word…