Four foolproof ways to get your dog to look at the camera and one thing not to do:

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to get a dog’s attention when you want to take their photo. So, I’ve got a quick post just for you, four foolproof ways to get your dog to look at the camera and one thing not to do.

Use treats. Admit it, every time you pull out a dog treat your furry best friend comes running. That’s why treats are one of the best ways to get a dog to look at the camera. Just take that treat and put it right above the lens, and take the photo. Now you have a great shot of your dog looking right at the camera.

Take out the toys. Is your dog obsessed with the ball or a frisbee? Do they love the sound of a brand new squeaky toy? Grab that toy and bring it right up over your phone to grab their attention. If the toy has a squeaker in it, try to squeak the toy and then take the photo when your dog responds.

Speak in keywords. As dog owners, we know what words our dogs respond to. Usually, it’s some form of, “do you wanna?” Do you want a treat? Do you want to go for a walk? Dogs usually get pretty excited over those familiar phrases. So go ahead, use the keywords that get their attention.

Make odd noises. Odd noises are great to get a dog’s attention. So, click your tongue, make kissy noises, or knock on the table. Your dog will be curious about those new sounds. However, make sure you use the noise technique sparingly. Your dog will quickly get accustomed to you making kissy noises or knocking on the table, and flat out ignore you if you do it too much. So, don’t abuse the technique.

What’s that one thing you shouldn’t do to get your dog to look at the camera? Don’t call their name.

It happens to all of us, your dog is doing something adorable, you grab your phone to take a photo, you call their name to get them to look up suddenly your dog jumps up and comes running to you. So frustrating! But, it makes perfect sense really, you trained your dog to come to you when you call their name, they are just doing what you taught them. So, if you want them to stay where they are when you take their photo, don’t call their name.

Do me a favor, if you try one of these techniques, send me your favorite photo and let me know which technique you used or tag StinkDog Photos when you post your photo to social media.

Happy photo-taking.

Deanna

Denver Pet Portraits in City Park, Denver, CO

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a portrait session with your dog?

Recently, Griffin had a pet portrait session with me in City Park. I thought I’d include most of his images so you can see the type of photos you can have taken with a dog on a leash.

Usually the thing most people worry about when wondering if they should schedule a session is that their dog won’t sit still or maybe they can’t take their dog off a leash. Griffin’s mom also worried about that before her session. I told her not to worry, I’ve been photographing dogs for 9 years now and I know I can get fantastic photos even if your dog can’t be off lead. I firmly believe a dog should act like a dog during their portrait session. It’s the best way to get fun portraits of them in my opinion.

Here’s a before and after of Griffin getting his photo taken while he’s still wearing his leash.

Before and after leash removal.
Outside pet portraits for dogs that can’t be off leash.

All of Griffin’s photos were taken with him on leash.

pet portraits in the blue hour
The blue series

Denver pet portraits
Griffin in City Park, Denver, CO.

golden hour pet portraits
Griffin during the golden hour.

A new toy for Griffin the dog.
Griffin with his new toy.

Dog and owner snuggle time
A little bonding time during Griffin’s portrait session.

Don’t let a leash stop you from getting the best portraits of your dog.

XO,

 

Deanna

Happy Thanksgiving

There are so many things to be grateful for, a family I love with all my heart, a husband that loves to cook (cuz I don’t wanna!), friends both near and far, and all the people that support me in my crazy dream to photograph dogs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m also incredibly grateful for my furry best friend, Boo Radley. Boo is a dog that makes me practice patience. He’s a dog that makes me take breaks and helps me appreciate all the little things in life. He’s grateful for cuddles and loves our family with all of his great big heart. He is the dog that makes me laugh on a daily basis. He’s got a wicked sense of humor.

I’m grateful he rescued us, and I mean that wholeheartedly! He rescued me when my heart was broken because of the loss of our first family dog, Cleo. He rescued me when my family, job, and life was changing at such a fast pace I didn’t know what to do with myself and he saves me daily from taking anything at all too seriously.

If I believe in anything at all it’s the power of a dog to love unconditionally and I’m grateful everyday to learn from them.

Reasons to be thankful for my dog
Grateful everyday for this beautiful beast called Boo.

The happiest dog ever.
Boo’s happy face.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your furry best friends.

XO,

Deanna

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Tricks for Treats. Happy Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

Boo Radley came to the studio with me to help me with a Halloween photo. He was a pretty good boy since we brought his all time favorite snack, cheese.

Later I realized I should have changed the sign. It should have said, “Tricks for Treats.” That’s Boo’s motto of course. It’s probably your dog’s motto too. They all like to be paid for the work they do.

Anyhow, I just wanted to wish you and your family a fun Halloween. Looking forward to seeing all the costumes this year.

 

Tricks for treats, Boo's Halloween motto
Boo’s Halloween motto is tricks for treats.

XO,

Deanna

PS. Looking for more fun dog photos? Check out the rest of our fall photos on Instagram.

Here’s to the Soul Dogs

To all the dogs that walk beside us on adventures, ready and eager to take one more step as long as they are with us. Happy to smell the fresh air, and maybe one more tree if you don’t mind. To the dogs that plop down by our feet when we’re tired or have one more thing to work on before we call it quits for the day. To the dogs that know when we need an extra snuggle or a little bit of sympathy. Here’s to the dogs that run to the door when we come home, wagging their tails so hard their back feet spin on tippy toes from side to side. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here’s to the soul dogs that change our lives forever, always for the better, they make our houses homes and fill our hearts with joy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here’s to you Leo, you sweet soul dog, you. A furry best friend that’s departed on his own walk, an adventure only he can make. He’ll take with him a piece of your heart, not to cause you pain, but to make his solo journey just a little bit easier. After all, you’re his person, and all his very best adventures have been with you. Rest easy sweet Leo.

Soul Dog
Leo the soul dog

 

XO,

Deanna