I love photographing my animals. Especially when they look extra adorable and festive. I’ve acquired a few handy tips based on the things that can go right and the things that can go horribly wrong, when snapping a photo of or with your animals – and not just dogs this time! Rory joined us in a holiday photo this year. Usually getting the dogs to sit still and behave is as easy as flashing the treat bag, but this past weekend, as Daniel and I were preparing the scene, the animals, and the outfits, things just kind of blew up in our faces.
First off, don’t give your dogs their treats right away, make them work. I made the mistake of prepping the dogs by having them sit and lay for a treat, and then it was all they could focus on. This method works great if you are taking pictures of just the animals, but if you plan on sitting with them – no dice. They kept looking at me and trying to sniff and lick my fingers that were apparently covered in invisible treat crumbs!
Instead, get them posed, ready, and in costume…snap some photos, and then give them their reward. They’ll focus for a longer period of time and won’t stare at your hands when they should be looking in the direction of the camera.
Fourth. Take breaks. After the mass chaos, we took a beat. Daniel mopped up the urine, I changed the set-up, the dogs went outside, Rory ran away…and I asked Daniel to please look normal. 🙂 Close enough! 🙂
As you can see, the break did everybody a bit of good. The dogs calmed down [maybe too much], and so did Rory. Or maybe she prefers my overly-coddling nature to Daniel’s “Santa” outfit.
Individual photos are always the easiest. Lots of treats help. And patience on both you and the animal’s end. I shared some more information here.
How do you get your animals to sit still for a photo??