Better everyday images

Top 6 Tips to Taking Better Pictures of your Dog

Taking better pictures of your dog doesn’t mean you need expensive equipment…try a few of these tips and be patient. You will be surprised at the results.

Usually the first comment I get after I tell someone that I am a pet photographer is “wow, that must be really hard to get their attention.” and “you must have a lot of patience.” I tell them it really isn’t any harder than say getting the attention of a small child (I think it is WAY easier to work with dogs than people or kids) and yes, I definitely have a lot of patience (which isn’t hard if you love what you are doing and having fun).  With that said, there are a couple of things that you can do to make your everyday images of your pup stand out.

Here are the top 6 things you can do to improve your images:

  • When taking pictures outside, it is best to look for open shade. This helps keep the light on your subject even which will help your exposure.

Border collie in the shade


  •  Get down on their level. This provides a much better perspective than standing over them all the time and adds interest to your image.

french bulldog laying down


  • Focus on the eyes. For longer snout dogs like German Shepherds this can be more difficult, but you always want the eyes in focus…even if the rest of the dog isn’t.

boxer close up of face


  • Try to take the picture from a new and interesting perspectives. This can be fun and really tap into your creative skills. If you dog is well-trained, that makes it even more fun.

better photos in the woods


  • To get the cute head tilt try making a strange noise with your mouth or crinkle paper. Anything that would cause your pup to be curious. I find that this usually only works once or twice so you need to be quick with your shutter to make sure you capture it. I use different hunting whistles in addition to all of the crazy noises I can make with my mouth.

better photos with noises


  • Most of all have fun and enjoy this time spent with your partner in crime. Capturing the everyday sweetness makes for some beautiful memories both what you capture and the fun you have together.

2 dogs running on the beach


I would love to see your images as you try these different techniques. Let me know if any of these help you take better pictures and be sure and tag us on Instagram #thewaydogintended if you post them.


xx Mary + the Sage Hounds
1 Comment
  • Pam Miller

    Great tips Mary~! Love your site~!

    15th February 2017at3:04 pm

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