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Category : Intermediate Dog Photo Tips

31 Jan 2018
Portrait of a bully breed dog wearing an Elizabethan style ruff colla

Breaking Through Creative Blocks: Lessons learned from Paper Hats

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Creative Block Definition Creative Block (noun): A term loosely based on the concept of “Writer’s block”. A condition, in which an artist experiences a creative slowdown or performance crisis. Often perpetuated by the feeling or sense that progress and inspiration are somehow impeded by an unseen or unknown barrier. Creative blocks are disruptive by definition and crippling in nature. And unfortunately, they’re also an all too common […]

01 May 2017

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

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. 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. Which is why […]

28 Apr 2017

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

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. 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 […]