This week’s theme is “Doorways”. When doing outdoor shots, it’s always good to offer some with a frame of some sort… between trees, amid flowers, between posts, or, very simple, in a doorway.
Below is a recent photo in front of the owner’s french doors. It was a challenge because of the windows, but I think it frames the big guy very well.
One of my first clients was a cute frenchie. When I came to the house, the husband directed me to various locations in the backyard. He was proud of the hard work his wife had done with their yard and I attempted to accommodate him. However, I finally said, let’s go in front of your front door, which caught my attention as soon as I came to the house. It may not be a true “frame”, but that door certainly spotlights the dog.
As a pet photographer, one of my goals, especially for my shelter pictures, is to get the dog (and sometimes a cat) to give the cute, adorable, all-appealing head tilt. No one can resist that, and that’s what we want to see an adoptable animal be – irresistible!
I can usually achieve a great head tilt with an interesting noise; however, not all dogs react. At the shelter, I have a couple of favorite noise makers and if I can’t get attention and, hopefully, a head tilt, with them, I usually move on as the dog is probably a bit timid and fearful. But sometimes you can get some great ones.
Below are what I call decent head tilts:
Below is what I call an extreme head tilt – love it!:
With cats, I don’t usually use noise makers as cats are more visual and will react to some type of movement. At the shelter, I have a great assistant and she knows what to do. But, sometimes, even though I may not use a noise maker, I do get an occasional kitty head tilt.
Below is what I would call a decent kitty head tilt: