One of my favorite things about blogging is coming up with creative photos for our posts. Our Instagram has grown substantially over the years, and we are often complimented on the way Bain poses. However, he can be a very excitable boy. It has taken some time, but I’ve slowly been able to work with him on new poses and holding poses. Photography has always been a favorite hobby of mine, so today I’d like to share some tips for you to get the perfect photo of your pet.
Our pets always come first, and exercise is the most important part of the day for Bain. Before I ask anything of him, I will make sure his needs are met by making sure he gets time to sniff around and play outside. Afterwards, I end up with a more willing, focused, and calm Bain for a photo shoot.
2.) The “Stay” Trick
“Stay” is the magic word used in our household. Over the years, Bain has learned to completely freeze for the shot when saying this word. I tested this a few months ago by placing his paw on a container and saying “stay”. As seen below, you can tell we got this shot. While it’s one of the most common tricks, once your dog get’s the hang of the it things will become much easier for helping your pet pose.
When getting Bain to focus for a shot, I will hold a treat in my hand the direction I want him to look. If I need his absolute attention, I will hold something more attractive such as a piece of chicken or beef. If I need him looking away from me, I will place some treats on the windowsill. If you have a second family member in your household to help you out, these type of shots will be much easier!
My lovely house was built in 1925, so the layout isn’t as accommodating as some of the more modern homes. It’s taken a bit of work to find the right times during the day to get the proper lighting in certain rooms, but our golden hour seems to be from 11am-1pm. We do have studio lights, but natural light has always been my favorite for photos. Find a place in your home where you can get the best natural light, or set up your own photo studio!
5.) Practice Makes Perfect
One of Bain’s greatest accomplishments last year was mastering the “treat on the nose” trick. This now helps with doing reviews for pet food / treat companies. It took us a while to work together to get that trick down, but this now means we can move onto other tricks such as posing with toys in his mouth. By being a team and working together, you and your pet can master new tricks and poses for your next photo shoot!
Working with companies has allowed me to get more creative with our photos. Bain and I both have a lot of fun playing around during photo sessions, and we definitely hope these tips will help you and your pet achieve the right kind of shot you are looking for. I have laid out some photography goals for this year, which include working on action shots and learning more about the different abilities of my camera. Do your pets like posing for the camera?