Capture Fleeting Moments and Stories with Dog Photography - dummies

Capture Fleeting Moments and Stories with Dog Photography

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

The true goal of dog photography (as with any other photography) is to freeze time — to capture those precious moments in a dog’s life for all eternity. When you reflect upon your dog and the relationship you share with her, what stands out? What do you always want to remember about her?

When you want to show the “real” Millie in photographs, forgo the commands. Much of dog photography is just about being quick with a shutter button. Here, the photographer caught an unplanned moment in which Henry decided it was time to play tug with his leash, perfectly capturing this little joker’s personality.


50mm, 1/160 sec., f/11, 125

One of the unique aspects about photographing dogs is that you can’t really tell them exactly how to pose, and while that can be an obstacle, you also end up capturing some seriously genuine moments.

Dogs can’t really fake it; what you see is what you get. Sure, you can tell Jackie Brown to “sit,” but you can’t instruct him to “back up 3 yards and then come running toward me with a happy grin on your face.” If you want that to happen, you have to follow Jackie around with a camera until he spontaneously does what you’re looking for.

Of course, there are a ton of tips, tricks, and strategies to encourage your fuzzy pal to do something cute or fun, but being quick on the draw results in your being able to freeze in time some very real-life moments.