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Including Your Dog in Your Family Portrait

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

Part of Dog Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The family portrait is a classic must-get when you’re taking pictures of your dog, and you can go as traditional or creative as you’d like. Just remember to position the people and the dog so they’re roughly the same distance away from the camera (or on the same plane in photo lingo). Generally, the easiest way to keep everyone on the same plane is to put them all in a straight line, but that’s about as exciting as watching grass grow, so think creatively:

  • Sit them on the staircase or front porch to create two rows.

  • Gather your dog and his people in a corner on the couch, using pillows and cushions to create different heights.

  • Use a cool-looking chair or two; a couple of people can sit on the chair while others lean on it.