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How to Capture Cute Puppy Photographs

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

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 you definitely want to capture and hold onto. As cute as they are, though, puppies can be difficult to photograph. Here are some tips:

  • Take five! Dogs in general don’t have a very long attention span, but puppies in particular have even shorter attention spans. If your pup already knows how to sit on command, use this to your advantage, but be sure to reward him quickly and frequently so you don’t lose his attention. Take a few snaps and immediately give him a break.


    24mm, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 100

  • Recruit an assistant to help you wrangle your puppy. If you ever need an extra hand while photographing a dog, it’s now!

  • Have various attention grabbers on hand. Puppies are extremely curious by nature, so be sure to pack your bag chockfull of different-sounding squeakers, clickers, and toys. You may need to make lots of noise to get his attention away from the million other sights, smells, and sounds that are all probably new to him. Having various sounds at the ready means there’s always something new to grab his attention.

  • Follow his lead, even if that means he needs a break every three frames. Be patient with the little guy and remember to keep it fun!