Last holiday season I shared with you my favorite tips for taking a great photo of your pets. (Click here to see all of those tips.) Today I’d like to focus on one tip in particular: walk your dogs before taking your photos. As I mentioned before, walking your dog before a photo session has a number of benefits. You can work out your dog’s excess energy, making him or her more cooperative when sitting still for a photo. Also, your dog enjoys going for a walk, and your dog’s happy mood when you get home usually shows through in your photos. Sadie and I had a photo shoot last month that is a perfect example of the difference between taking photos before and after a walk.
Before the walk…
… after the walk!
In the first photo, I took Sadie outside to use the bathroom and decided to pose her by some pretty flowers. Sadie grumbled the whole time, didn’t want to look at the camera, and was generally annoyed that I was trying to take pictures of her. Since it was a nice day, I decided to take Sadie for a walk immediately to see if it would put her in a better mood. The last two photos were taken when we got back from the walk. Sadie is posing in front of the same pretty flowers, but with a much happier smile.