|Doug likes to take some time to stop and smell the flowers|
|Luna enjoys long walks in the fields and relaxing in the front lawn|
Natural light is almost always best for photography. Overcast weather usually will give you better results that bright daylight which can create shadows. I have found the best lighting to be right before the sun starts to set. The light is warm and if you position your dogs right there is minimal shadows.
If you don't have a nice yard or neighborhood to photograph your dog, take them to an off leash dog park. You can get some get shots of you pup out in the great outdoors.
2) Wait until they are tired
When I first take my dogs out for a walk they get so excited they can't really control themselves. They usually take off at full speed down the trails. There is no way I can get a good shot when they are so hyperactive. I usually wait until our outing is nearing an end before I pull out my camera. They are tired, more relaxed and more likely to sit still.
|Will work for food. Only for food|
Treats are essential if I actually want my dogs to do something. If I am trying to get them to do tricks and they realize I don't have any treats for them they instantly become less interested in "performing" for me. I can always see the look in their eyes "What? No treat? Ya right like your actually going to get me to roll over again, Ha!" Treats also help keep them still and hold their attention. If I wave a cookie in front of their eyes they will not take their eyes off it!
|The face only a mother could love?|
4) Keep your pets separated
It can be difficult to get your dogs to "pose" when they are more concerned with playing with each other. My dogs version of playing looks more like they are viciously attacking each other but even though they are playing rough they are still having fun. I usually will keep one in the house by herself and take the other dog out for a quick jaunt to get some photos. The dogs are more focused on me than each other that way.
|Doug enjoys long rides through the countryside on her scooter|
Your friend can help call the dog over to a different spot and help direct it where you want him or her to go. If you have more than one dog your friend can keep one on a leash or help entice it with some treats
|Great style, bad manners|