Find the right lighting.
Take your dog for a walk right before you take your photos.
A walk relaxes your dog and uses up his or her excess energy. If your dogs have too much pent-up energy, they will find it harder to follow your commands and stay still enough for good photos. My favorite time to take pictures of Sadie is right after a walk. She usually settles down on the couch to relax with a big grin on her face, happy from her recent walking adventure. It’s s great time to get some photos showing off those doggie grins.
Make sure your camera has plenty of memory.
The more photos you take, the better your chances at getting the perfect shot. On an average photo shoot I take around forty or fifty photos of Sadie, just to make sure I have some good shots. But the photo at the top of this post I go on the first shot, so you never know exactly how long it will take. Which brings me to my final point…
Be patient, because there will be trial and error involved.
If you start getting frustrated or annoyed at your pets, they will be less likely to cooperate. Just be patient and try other tactics to get the photo you want. When I want to take some pictures of Sadie, I’m never sure what kind of mood she will be in. Sometimes she’s perfectly happy to pose and smile for the camera. Sometimes she absolutely hates her outfit or the location and will not look at the camera until I change what’s bothering her. Some days she looks straight at the camera if I squeak her toy. Other days only holding a treat in my hand gets her attention. And sometimes she will look everywhere but the camera and only calling in an assistant to stand behind me gets her to look. So don’t be afraid to make silly noises or try anything else you can think of, because you never know what may turn out to be an amazing photo.