Photographing Dogs

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Model Releases for Your Dog Photography Business

As a photographer, you retain your rights to your photos. You can decide to waive those rights at any time, but in general, you should retain them. To protect your rights, you need to create a waiver and [more…]

Deliver Client Proofs in Your Dog Photography Business

With proofs of your dog photographs ready to go, it’s time to make them available to your client. You can get your proofs online using a number of methods; for example, you can use Adobe Lightroom’s integrated [more…]

Client Viewing of Your Dog Photography

After your proofing gallery is live, it’s time to invite your clients to view it by e-mailing them the link. Also, let them know what the next steps are. If their package includes any photos, remind them [more…]

How to Accept Payment for Your Dog Photography Business

Getting paid for your dog photography by check or cash is the most direct and usually the easiest way to go, but you can also use PayPal, which is becoming more and more popular. The thing to remember [more…]

How to Build Your Dog Photography Portfolio

Your portfolio is your calling card. It showcases your work and makes people want to book you for jobs. When building your portfolio, you want to build something that represents your style, diversity, [more…]

The Power of Social Media when Marketing Your Dog Photography Business

Gone are the days where you have to pay for mailing lists and market research. Forget about shelling out your hard-earned cash to direct mail companies to make your clients come to you; you can go to them [more…]

The Importance of Watermarking Your Dog Photography Images

Unless you’re giving prints or files to someone who has paid for them in some way, you should always use watermarks on all your publicly displayed electronic images. This includes images on all your social [more…]

Start and Maintain an E-mail List for Your Dog Photography Business

An e-mail list is a traditional but still relevant piece of marketing. Many websites offer free accounts. Do some research to find a service that meets your needs for your dog photography business. Some [more…]

Word-of-Mouth Marketing and Review Websites and Your Dog Photography Business

With cellphones, computers, and the Internet, information exchanges happen instantly. If someone’s had a great experience with your dog photography business, he’s likely to turn right around and brag to [more…]

Partner Your Dog Photography Business with Other Local Businesses

Partnering with other local businesses is an awesome way to do some passive marketing. Introduce yourself to your favorite local dog business owners. Tell them about your new dog photography business and [more…]

Paid Marketing Materials for Your Dog Photography Business

Although you can get away without paying for marketing for your dog photography business, if you have a little money to play with, you should add a few things to your inventory. All of them can be done [more…]

Introduce Yourself to the Dog You're Photographing

If you’re photographing a dog you’ve never met before, introducing yourself is the very first thing you should do. Just like with humans, first impressions are everything, so you must get this pivotal [more…]

Get Physical in Your Dog Photo Shoots

Your first photo sessions with any dog are guaranteed to go much smoother if you work in a preshoot workout regimen. Whether you’re planning a photo session or not, dogs are at their best when they engage [more…]

Relax and Keep Your Cool during Dog Photo Sessions

Dogs are like mirrors to their humans. They sense energy better than a seismograph. All good dog photographers understand this concept and use it to their advantage. [more…]

How to Avoid Problems Photographing Black Dogs

Probably the most infamous dog photography conundrum is the black dog phenomenon. If you have a black dog in your life, you’re likely all too familiar with the issue; in every photo, Sophie looks like [more…]

How to Make Adjustments when Photographing White Dogs

Extremes of blacks or whites are not your camera’s friend for a reason. Your camera’s light meter assumes every photograph you take has a “normal” amount of light and dark colors in it. It then sets your [more…]

How to Cope with Photographing Uncooperative Dogs

Photographing a dog that has little to no obedience training makes for an interesting photo session, to say the least. Uncooperative dogs fall into different categories: the relentless barkers and the [more…]

How to Capture Cute Puppy Photographs

The puppy months may very well be the cutest stage of your dog’s life, but they also fly by in the blink of an eye. If you’re lucky enough to know your dog as a puppy, it’s a special time in his life that [more…]

Be Sensitive to Senior Dogs' Needs when Taking Photographs

Before you know it, little Victor’s muzzle will start to go white, and eventually, you’ll notice how he takes his sweet time going up and down the stairs that he used to bound off of. Senior dogs have [more…]

The Use of Leashes in Dog Photography

Ahhh, the inevitable leash debate. Some people don’t mind them in photos, but others hate them! Leashes are part of a dog’s everyday life, so they’re not all that intrusive in the first place. However, [more…]

How to Photograph Multiple Dogs

Photographing more than one dog at a time raises the difficulty quotient immensely. Getting one dog to sit still on your own can be hard enough. Getting multiple dogs to sit still can be downright impossible [more…]

How to Include Other Animals in Your Dog Photographs

Group shots don’t always consist of canine buddies. Part of dog photography can include whatever other species your dog has befriended. Whether cat, ferret, baby chick, or horse, photographing Cheyenne [more…]

Dog Photography in a Shelter Setting

Not every dog makes it to the shelter’s adoption days, so if you’re up for actually photographing at the shelter, here are a few things to keep in mind so that you can get the best photos possible: [more…]

Make the Most of Shelter or Rescue Adoption Day Shoots

If a rescue organization does ask you to come out to an adoption day, be prepared to photograph a lot of animals and have the founder point out any animals that are in particular need of great photos — [more…]

Rescue Animals’ Special Needs during Photo Sessions

Not all rescue animals are created equal. Some may walk right up to you and act like your best bud, and others may cower behind their foster parent in fear or even snap at you if you go in for a pet too [more…]


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