A lot of comments I see on social media are of dog owners saying “I would love some professional photos of my dog, but there’s no way they would pose like that!”
There really is no need to worry if your dog would rather be off doing their own thing than come to call or have selective hearing when asked to sit or stay. In fact, I think dogs with a bit of character are great as their personality shines through to the camera.
1. I use photoshop magic.
Quite often the dogs I photograph are not able to go off the lead. Thanks to the magic of photoshop, I am able to remove the lead (and sometimes their owner if it is an image of the dog on their own) to create a final image that looks like a perfectly posing dog!
2. Bribery and patience work wonders.
It’s important for me that the session is a fun and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. I get owners to bring their dogs favourite, tasty treats to the session. I also take lots of breaks to ensure your dog is happy and doesn't get overwhelmed. I don’t mind if getting the right shot takes several attempts, it’s ok if your dog doesn’t want to look towards the camera or sit still.
3. Cameras capture a tiny moment in time
Even if your dog is having a few mad moments, I can capture some shots of those in between moments when they're sitting still. Of course, it can be helpful to train your dog to know a few basic commands, but for the most part, no training is needed. Any dog can be photographed professionally, even yours!