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Category : Dog Photo Tips

17 Feb 2019
Collection of contemporary dog portrait art from the Paper Hat sessions

Dog Portrait Styles We Love to Photograph

Creative Pet Portrait Styles At the Puptrait Studio we tend to lean towards creating more ridiculous and whimsical imagery. When photographing more creative and surreal work, it’s just easier to work in studio. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of our dog portrait commissions are for studio pet portraits. But that is not to say we can’t produce more conservative or traditional work. Puptrait photographers are artists at heart While commercial assignments aren’t uncommon for our studio, they’re not what we’re best known […]

15 Feb 2019
ready to hang dog art mounted on dibond

Styles of Dog Portraits

What is the best pet portrait? Ask a dozen dog owners their favorite style of dog portrait and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers back. Pet portraits can be created in a variety of different formats and mediums. Dog portraits can be painted, drawn, photographed – even created as rendered computer graphics (CG). Just as the medium for pet portraits vary, so too can the style. There are a lot of reasons to commission a custom portrait of […]

14 Feb 2019

How do I get my dog to sit for photos?

A lot of dog owners struggle to take pictures of their own dog. A fact we’re thankful for, as no one would hire us to take professional dog photos if it was easy. But you don’t have to be a professional pet photographer to start taking better pictures of your dog. For today’s dog photo tip we’re not going to discuss the technical aspects of photography, such as camera gear or lighting. Instead, we are going to focus on the […]

13 Feb 2019

Does Flash Hurt Dogs Eyes?

One of the biggest misconceptions when photographing dogs is that you should avoid flash photography. We’re here to tell you that despite what you may read on the internet that this myth is simply not true. We’ve photographed hundreds of dogs and have cleared these topics with veterinary professionals on numerous occasions. How to safely photograph dogs with flash is a topic that we have already covered in extensive detail on our studio blog. But it is a topic that […]

11 Feb 2019
22 Jan 2019
environmental portrait taken in White Pocket at the worm

The Best Cameras for Pet Portrait Photography

It has never been easier or more affordable to get serious about pet photography. But choosing what gear to get started with can be quite daunting. I this post we’ll walk through the basics of camera body types to help you select the right gear to use during your next photo project. What are you trying to photograph? Photographing dogs and other pets can be difficult. It’s important to consider the capabilities of your subject and what it is exactly […]

31 Jan 2018
A pitbull wearing an Elizabethan style ruff collar made from newspaper

Breaking Through Creative Blocks: Lessons learned from Paper Hats

Creative blocks happen. They are disruptive by definition and crippling in nature. And unfortunately, they’re also an all too common occurrence for many creatives. If you’re looking to avoid these momentum killing bouts of creative paralysis the most important thing you can do is to just keep moving. I realize that sounds obvious, cliche, even. But it’s something that many of us all too often forget and worth a reminder. This is especially true if you are an emerging artist, an up-and-coming […]

21 Oct 2017

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds to Photograph

We get asked constantly what our favorite breed is to photograph. In some ways, I hate answering this question for the simple fact that all dog’s have unique personalities and mannerisms, which makes every session – regardless of their breed – a blast and a challenge. We love photographing dogs, all dogs, regardless of their breed. That all said, we have to admit that some breeds, for a multitude of reasons, do tend to ham it up more than others. […]

01 May 2017

Flash Photography: is it safe to use flash when photographing my dog?

It is safe to use a flash when photographing a dog. The vast majority of dogs are not reactive at all to flash photography. They might be surprised by the sound or sudden brightness, but if introduced properly, dogs tend to ignore flashes. And, if they don’t ignore the flash completely, they treat it as a minor annoyance or a point of confusion. Of course, if your dog does present aggressive or fearful body language when exposed to a flash […]

28 Apr 2017

Pass the Sniff Test: How to Connect with Almost Any Dog

As a professional dog photographer I work with new dogs practically every day. Which in its self isn’t unusual. There are many professions that are expected to do that – groomers, trainers and veterinarians, just to name a few. But as a pet photographer, we have to handle dogs at a level beyond the basics of safety and command compliance. For the simple fact that in our line of work body language counts. No one wants to see an angry, […]