December 19, 2017
With the holidays fast approaching, many families are preparing for the annual ritual of taking a photo for their annual holiday card. If you’re like most dog owners, you consider your four-legged children part of your family and part of your photo. However, unlike your two-legged children, your dog probably can’t smile or pose on command. So how do you take better dog photos? Here are a few dog photography tips to help you get the best picture for your holiday card.
Have a friend take the photo
Your camera probably has a timer, but you’ll have better luck enlisting a friend to take the photo for you. This will help keep your dog’s attention on the camera by having your friend call your dog, hold up a favorite toy or even give your dog a treat.
Treats between takes
If you plan to take more than a few pictures, have your photographer give your dog a small treat after every few shots. The treats reward your dog and help keep their attention on the photographer and the camera.
Sit, stay, laydown
You spent a lot of time training your dog, and now is the time to show off those skills. Pose your family first, then call your dog over and use your commands to get your pup to sit and stay for the photo.
Light up dark dogs
You always want good lighting for your photos, but it’s especially important if your dog has dark fur. If your dog is dark colored, make sure there’s enough light so that you can see the details of your dog’s face.
Take lots of pictures
Ultimately, the best thing you can do to get a great holiday card photo is to take lots of them. That gives you the best chance to capture your dog and your family in that perfect moment that you’ll want to send to all your loved ones.