If it is at all possible, don’t use a flash. Flash makes animals eyes glaze over and like a ‘wolf-on-a-hunt’. Rather set your camera to a higher ISO if you are in a dark area or taking the photo at night. Also try to use a fast enough shutter speed to capture those expressions before you loose their attention!
2 Eye level
Change up your angle and get down to the dogs eye level. This will make the photo more interesting and gives a different perspective that than what everyone else sees.
3. Focus on eyes
Focus on the pets eyes. This is a great tip for when you are taking photos of people too. If the photo shows sharp eyes then you create a connection. Also try to get a catch light in their eyes. Thats the little white dot that make eyes look like they are sparkling!
But sometimes focusing on another part of the body also tells a story!
4. Shallow depth of field
The above tip has a lot to do with your aperture settings too. You can create a focal point by having a shallow depth of field which focus’ attention to only one part. It also will blur out any distractions in the background.
5. Catch their personality
Side note: The Scotty featured in these images is Mac Gruff. Our own little furbaby. Yu might spot him in a few other images from past shoots too! 🙂
Hope these tips help a little!