1. GROOMING | Before taking photos I like to clean up their nostrils, muzzle and eyes as well as brushing their furr to remove any unwanted burrs or twigs.
2. LIGHTING | Natural light is always best where there aren’t any harsh shadows that could skew your photo. When you are in full sunlight I’d recommend positioning yourself where the light will be on your dog’s face. Morning and afternoon lighting is preferred to avoid heavy shadows.
2. POSITIONING | When considering where you will take your photo from, up close and personal is best to get the most detail in your photo. Usually framing the pup from shoulders up will suffice and give enough detail for me to accurately depict them in a portrait. Cropping a head frame from a whole body shot is going to reduce quality and leave me guessing, possibly missing vital features unique to your furry friend. You will have this portrait for life so I’d suggest picking a photo that shows off your dog’s natural features in a positive light…i.e. eyes open and ears relaxed. People and objects in the background is no issue as I can just cut that out. Keeping the camera eye level with the dog will be the best way to get a proportionate photo.