See how dog photography can enhance your portrait and wedding images. Your clients will love adding their furry family member to their next session! (Photographs by CITYLUX STUDIOS)
6 Reasons to Fall in Love with Dog Photography
You’re not a pet photographer; you’re a person photographer! And dog photography is its own genre that doesn’t have a thing to do with the magical moments you capture. Or does it?
Whatever your photography specialty, we think there’s room in your life – and in your photos – for a few Fidos.
Not convinced? Here’s why we think dog photography is for every photographer!
Dog Photography Isn’t Just for Pet Photographers
Ask any pet-person, and they’ll tell you that their pet companion is one of the family, a four-footed fur-baby who deeply enriches their everyday existence. So if you wouldn’t fail to make photos of a client’s human kid, why neglect photos of their beloved pup?
Tell the whole story of your client’s one-of-a-kind family by including their doggo! Big and small, they’ll fit right into both classic portraits and candid moments.
Dogs Help Their Humans CTFO
More and more airports are employing therapy dogs for a reason. Travelers are frequently anxious – even without the hassles of delayed flights and ill-conceived airplane food. Flyers soothe their fears by petting these happy hounds; why not share the same stress-relief with your clients by inviting their dog for photos?
No more frantic hair-checking and lipstick re-applying. Instead, your client can focus on their good boy or girl, chill the F out, and truly enjoy their photography experience.
Photograph the (Furry) Feelings
“But I’m a cat person,” you say. Or maybe you’re just a not-a-dog person. That’s okay! You don’t have to “love” your client’s dog any more than you have to love their drooling baby or their cranky teenager. All you have to do is photograph your client’s good feelings.
You may smell dog-breath, but your client smells their sweet angel who’s been with them through thick and thin. Uncover the connection, and make photos your clients will treasure forever.
Dogs (Almost) Never Outlive Their Humans
It’s a devastating truth that dogs almost never outlive their humans. Lucky for them, they’ll never know a world without their loving family! But the people they leave behind will never forget the unconditional love they enjoyed from their flop-eared family members.
Dog photography gives your clients a gift they’ll cherish even years after their pet crosses the rainbow bridge.
Dogs Make Every Photo Unforgettable
Forget dumb jokes and awkward posing prompts. Dogs get the energy flowing with sloppy kisses, warm nuzzles, and hilariously untimely poops. (Have a few bags handy!)
If you want authentic laughter, huge smiles, and close cuddles in your photos, mix a little dog photography into your memory-making.
There’s No Such Thing as Bad Dog Photography
You may photograph a bad dog, but you’ll never take a bad photo of a dog! Just as your clients love every single photo of their new baby or the love of their life, dog parents can’t help but adore each and every photo of their pupper. Floppy tongues and wiggly butts only enhance the experience for dog lovers, so snap away – even when the moment gets wild!
BONUS: Two Tips for Having a Hound on Set
Dog photography fans CityLux Studios shared these tips for capturing canines:
Arrange for an Assistant
“We love working with dogs!” say Sarah and Peter of CityLux Studios. “So many couples have them and want to include them, so we recommend that they bring someone along to hold their dog between shots, or to take the dog home halfway through the shoot.” This gives impatient pups a break from posing, and allows your human clients to focus entirely on one another.
Prepare for Naughty Pups
“Some dogs work great during shoots, and others do not,” admit Sarah and Peter. To ensure a great dog photography experience, have a few owner-approved treats on-hand, and never show up to a shoot without some poop bags. Owners should have these items themselves, but you should always be prepared so you don’t lose control of the session. Other handy items include:
- rag towel for wiping muddy paws
- jug of water and a drinking dish for thirsty dogs
- and remember: in most places, on-leash is the law!
Do you offer dog photography to your pet-loving clients?
Share your tips in the comments below!
Written by ANNE SIMONE | Photographs by CITYLUX STUDIOS