Find Backgrounds that Compliment Your Dog’s Coat
Just as important as choosing the right location is choosing one that will best complement the color and texture of your dog’s coat. Depending on the mood you want to capture, background colors can subtly highlight your pup’s unique coloring or make his coat’s texture and hues pop! Give some thought about what “message” you want to convey. Choosing to pose your model sitting proudly surrounded by pots of colorful annuals clearly conveys an upbeat mood. Capturing her image while she’s snoozing, perhaps against a background of monochromatic sea grass, conveys an entirely different feeling.
Here’s an example of how color can affect your photograph.
The Labrador is fairly light in color and the purple flowers in Roger’s Garden in Newport Beach she is posing with really make the image zing because of the contrast. If she had been photographed at the beach in Corona Del Mar, posed on sun-washed sand, you would have gotten an entirely different mood. Both are great. The choice is yours.
Find the Right Props
Whether inside or out, the smallest prop can make the biggest difference. Think of your snowy white Bichon Frise with and without a jaunty red scarf tied “just so” around her neck. Or your strong and stately German Shepherd posed with one paw placed gently over his favorite chew toy.
Sometimes, a prop can be the element that makes your pictures worth the proverbial 1,000 words. A vacant chair. A favorite coffee mug.
In the image here, the orange life raft was included because it was a sentimental item that meant everything to the dog’s owners – just like their dog.
Location, color, and props – give each tip some thought and do a bit of advance scouting and planning before your session.
Your work will pay off with images that will make your heart sing every time you look at them!
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