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6 Tips to Take the Best Photos of Your Dog at Home

Follow these simple tips to capture gorgeous insta-worthy photos of your dog like a pro!

Copy: Katy & Shell

Photography: Dogfolk Pet Photography

Are you a tad obsessed with taking photos of your dog? It’s hard not to be when everything they do is just SO. DARN. CUTE.

Seeing as we’re all spending more time at home these days, it’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your pet photography skills. After all, taking amazing insta-worthy photos of your dog at home takes just a few simple tricks to get right. Take it from us – as well as being the editors of Pretty Fluffy, we’re also pet photographers!

The best part is, you don’t always need a professional camera to perfectly capture their personality and cuteness. Practice a few of these tips and your smartphone will do just fine.

Ready to get your pupparazzi on? Read on for our 6 simple tips to take the best photos of your dog at home.

 

 

#1. Work with natural light

Natural light is the answer to capturing your dog’s best features when at home. Soft, filtered light is best!

When photographing your dog at home, position them near a window or door where they are close to a natural light source. Just be careful of harsh sunlight though – this can easily be diffused and softened by hanging up a thin white sheet across the window.

Generally speaking, we don’t recommend using artificial lighting such as lamps and down lights. These can have the unwanted effect of altering the natural colour tone of your space and your dog, and create unwanted shadows.

Besides, it’s always fun to find nice pockets of light around your home to get creative with!

 

#2. Focus on your dog’s eyes

We all know the popular saying, “Eyes are the window to the soul.” And this most certainly applies to our furry best friends! That’s why focusing on your dog’s eyes is a beautiful, effective way to capture an insight into their personality and soul.

And if you really want to bring a depth of emotion and connection to your photographs, look for catchlights – those little white reflections of light in your dog’s eyes. Capturing these can easily be done by having your dog face a window, door or natural light source to create the reflection.

 

#3. Get their attention

This can be done in several ways. While most dog parents use treats as their go-to, we generally prefer not to. Controversial we know, but we swear by it!

After all, what we love most about in-home pet photography is capturing a dog’s true personality at their most calm and content. Using treats can switch your dog’s mood from easy-going to intense in under a second, which is reflected in the photos.

So, what else can you do to get your dog looking at the camera? Try holding a toy right by the camera lens. Or, hold their attention by placing the toy in front of their nose, then bring it back slowly to just above the lens. Honestly, you don’t even need a toy…any random item around the house can work. At many of our shoots, Shell pulls out her lip balm and taps it on the camera. Dogs are often so mesmerised by it as they haven’t seen it before!

Making strange noises works a treat too, but if you don’t fancy your skills you can always go with an animal sounds or squeaky toy app (we have four of these on our phone!)

 

#4. Get down to their level

One of the best ways to capture your dog’s features is by getting up close, and down to their level.

If your dog is laying on the ground, lay flat on the floor, stomach down, and position your camera or smartphone in between the two of you. If they are sitting on the couch, crouch down so you’re at the same height. 

Taking a photo from your dog’s perspective can really bring depth to the image. It’s like you’re seeing the world just as they do. 

 

#5. Declutter your background

Your dog may be the cutest on the block, but if your space is cluttered with bright or unsightly objects such as clothes or coffee cups, these will detract from the main star of the show.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to quickly scan your environment and background before taking your photo, and declutter if necessary. 

Trust us on this…you don’t want to take an amazing shot, only for it to be ruined by something in the background you hadn’t noticed earlier!

 

#6. Work with your dog’s mood

In our opinion, the most beautiful photos of dogs happen naturally. Therefore, the best photos will of course depend on your dog’s mood!

Try to be patient and spend some time watching your dog going about their day. When the moment is right (it may be a yawn, a stretch, or glancing at you) then start snapping away.

Capturing natural, spontaneous moments will reflect your dog’s true temperament and personality, resulting in a beautiful photograph you’ll want to proudly show off to the world.

 

Keen to give our pet photography tips a try? Be sure to tag @pretty_fluffy on Instagram or Facebook when uploading your photos.

And if you’d love to see the beautiful work of pet photographers from around the world, pop over to our pet photography section.

Have fun! – Katy & Shell x

This post originally appeared at our pet photography website Dogfolk Pet Photography.

6 Tips to take the Best Photos of Your Dog

 

Copy: Katy & Shell

Photography: Dogfolk Pet Photography

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