Pictures of pups are all over the internet (which, of course, we are very thankful for), they’re all over Facebook – some dogs even have their own Facebook page – and it seems that we humans just love taking pictures of our beloved pups. There’s no harm in that, we say! Snap away. We thought however, it might be helpful to give you some tips, courtesy of dog photographer James Morrisey via Chicago Tribune, that will help you capture the true personality of your furry friend on camera. It’s not always easy, but here are some steps from a professional that should help.
1. Get the right camera: Morrisey recommends using a nice single lens reflex camera which you can get first or secondhand. We say, go with the iPhone if that’s all you’ve got!
2. Think about props: Does your dog dig toys, or even sunglasses? Morrisey notes that props can be very powerful and you should use them sparingly. To him, it’s all about focusing on the subject. We concur!
3. Snag some attention-grabbers: We all know how sometimes everything else in the room, or in the world, seems more interesting than you to your dog. Get some squeakers, crinkle a bag or just have something on hand to get that desired eye contact. If you’re photographing outside, we think this will be particularly important.
4. Bath time!: Groom your pooch so they look pretty! Unless you’re really trying to capture the essence of your dirty dog, which is okay too.
5. Get the right light: Morrisey recommends natural light. Use the sun a half-hour to hour after sunrise (for you early risers), or a half-hour to hour before sunset.
6. Get some perspective: Think about how you want to capture your dog. Morrisey notes that we usually look down at dogs, so change it up and photograph at their level. However, sometimes he likes to exaggerate height and climb on a ladder, especially when capturing cute little Chihuahuas. It’s your choice and your art, so go for it.
7. Post your picture on NYC Pooch’s Facebook page: Okay, so we added this one. But the point is, share you photos with the world. We want to see what you come up with and how adorable your dog really is.