Every year the Brownies (Spot, Milo, and BabyCakes) do a fashion show of their new (and previous) Halloween costumes. You can check out last year’s costume fashion show or wait until next week to see the unveiling of their new costumes. Today we were ‘practicing’ taking dog portraits so we could test out a new, cool pet photo site. The site is called Trick Or Treat Em…cute, huh? Here are a few ‘tricks’ to help you get the most out of this site:
Tips for the Best Dog Portraits:
1. Be Prepared: Prep everything in advance. Your dog has a short attention span.
2. Choose a Location: Dog portraits tend to look best when you shoot them at eye level. I have found that it is easiest for me to do this when I place them up on a table or bench. This limits their ability to move around and allows me to get in close. Try to find a spot outside where you can take advantage of the natural light.
3. Camera Settings: Set your camera on a fast shutter speed to help eliminate blur. As much as I tell my dogs to stay still…they just ignore me. Do not use a flash; it will distort your dog’s image.
4. Go for a Walk: Take your dog for a brisk walk before you begin to take photos. This will help to tire them out and they will be less likely to think it is play time.
5. Special Treats: Pull out the ‘special treats,’ not the everyday kibble. For my dogs this means Pup-Peroni or Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers. We only use these when training or taking photos. The Brownies will do almost anything for a Pup-Peroni. I cut the treats into small pieces and keep them in my pocket. I also hold a full Pup-Peroni above camera to get the dogs’ attention.
7. Framing the Portrait: Close up shots are best with the focus on their eyes. Zoom in and crop out any unnecessary background. See the difference between the two photos below:
8. Patience: Most of all, be patient. Your dog may not be in the mood to have his photo taken at that very moment. If that is the case, try again later.
Then head over to the #TrickOrTreatEm website to finalize your dog’s Halloween eCard and share with your friends and family. The process only takes a few minutes and begins with a personality test for your pet.
Next you will upload their portrait and choose a Halloween-themed frame. The final step is to share it! I hope you have as much fun as I did creating your dog’s Halloween card…I can’t wait to make one for my other two Brownies!
Note: If you do not normally purchase the ‘special treats’ you can easily pick them up on your next grocery shopping trip in the Pet aisle. I picked my up at my local Ralph’s grocery store.