How To Do Professional Dog Photography

How To Do Professional Dog Photography

Photography is an amazingly special tool that is able to capture our special moments with our pets, and it is even better when we are able to combine professional dog photography with our dogs. For doing dog photography, we highly recommend using a digital camera as it is easy and convenient to use.

About dog photography:

Dog photography is a great way to capture the extremely endearing moments of man’s “best friend”, be it in the context of a professional job, or just casual shots of your own dog. At first glance, professional dog photography can seem extremely easy. After all, isn’t it just snapping pictures of the dog when it comes towards you?


To be a successful dog photographer, you must be able to take pictures of dogs at a much higher level than most other generalized photographers are able to.

Technological advancement these days has made it much easier for the average joe to purchase a great camera at a low price. However, the key advantage you have over casual photographers is your photography prowess, professional skills, and resourcefulness.  While it is easy enough to get the right equipment by looking up “dog photography equipment” online, very few people actually know how to use their powerful cameras effectively to take shots of their furry friends. So, if you are able to develop a knack for producing great dog photos, you will definitely be highly sought after, by both customers and other professionals for your skill in capturing excellent pictures of dogs.

Many professional photographers try to avoid photographing dogs because they present a harder challenge than simple portraits of adults.  To get good at dog photography, you need lots of practice because dog behavior varies widely, even within the same breed of dog. The best way to kickstart your dog photography business is to offer your friends free dog photography sessions, in exchange for them allowing you to practice your dog photography.

To get good pictures, you will need some quality equipment, techniques, canine behaviour knowledge, and loads of patience. It is a good idea to have a trained assistant, too, especially for large dogs. Get quality equipment, and make sure they are durable.

Tips For Professional Dog Photography

Getting better at dog photography is a long and arduous process, so don’t be dismayed if you haven’t yet been able to capture pictures of dogs that satisfy you. After all, getting your canine friend in question to focus on the camera requires a mixture of both art and clever persuasion, but you can certainly master the technique if you take a little extra time to line the perfect shot up.

When starting out, don’t allow yourself to feel self-conscious or intimidated about your current photography skills or what you will need to learn. All you need to do is to take things slow and attentively follow the few simple tips we’ve outlined below, one shot at a time

1. Always make use of natural lighting such as sunlight during your dog photography sessions.

Indoor dog photography sessions can be great, but nothing can be better than nature’s own gift of natural lighting and environment. So, I would advise you to make heavy use of outdoor surroundings, which allows the dog to enjoy being out in the fresh and inviting open space and air. Dog photography has proven to be the best and more fun in the outdoors because dogs act more naturally when outsider; engaging and enjoying a great deal of playtime. Also, the best sort of lighting for any sort of shot is definitely natural light, as natural light highlights the most unique and beautiful parts of the dog, while not being overly glaring or harsh.

However, if you do need to work indoors for the photo shoot, bring the camera in closer to the dog, make sure that they are not upset by any flash, and use any natural light you can get from nearby windows.

2. Make sure to adjust your camera settings for each shot.

Most digital cameras have a variety of settings, including settings geared for shots in indoor, outdoor, portrait and fluorescent lighting. If you can’t figure out what mode you should set your camera to, a good starting base is automatic.

3. Keep dog accessories and clothes on hand.

Dressing up your dog for a few pictures can be fun, but dogs often take some time to adjust to wearing clothes, especially if they aren’t used to wearing them. If you want to take pictures of the dog in cute outfits and accessories, either put him in the clothes before the shoot starts, or let it run around a bit wearing the clothes to get comfortable.

If the dog continues to be fidgetty and refuses to sit still or pose for the dog photo shoot, try playing a rousing game of fetch with them, or have a quick walk around the block. This will help the dog by helping them exercise off a little excess excitement and energy, causing them to be calmer and more cooperative for your camera.

In conclusion,

Dogs undoubtedly fill their place quickly in our hearts, becoming part of families almost instantly, and are a permanent fixture just about everywhere, like photo frames on the wall. Just like small children, you cannot expect them to sit still long enough for a good photograph; they are most likely going to fidget, run around and be distracted by an exciting object somewhere else, even with repeated requests to hold still for the shoot. Besides, dogs also easily become fatigued during lengthy photography sessions, just like babies and toddlers.

Good luck with your dog photography!

This article is brought to you by, the website of Arik Chan, an expert dog photographer who has been photographing for over four decades. To see more of our articles, click here.


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