We all love taking pictures of our fur babies, but sometimes it’s just so difficult! Either they just don’t want to sit still, or they don’t want to look at the camera, or you just don’t seem to be able to take a good social-media-worthy picture.
But you can forget all about that because with our tips and tricks you will take the best pictures of your Golden retrievers and even have fun while doing the photoshoot!
Let your pup get used to the camera
To take good pictures of your pup he or she first needs to get used to the camera or your phone (whatever you’re using). Remember that your Golden is not going to be immediately comfortable. Show them the camera, allow them to sniff it, and take a few test shots.
Additional tip: Remember that at this point you’re not taking any actual photos yet. Your goal is just to get your pup acclimated to the sound of your camera and the camera itself (or your phone).
Try to take pictures when there is natural light. Using the flash may give your dog a washed-out look and glowing eyes, or it might even scare your pup or cause damage to their sensitive eyes.
Additional tip: To avoid washed-out pictures, shoot in the mornings or evenings, on slightly overcast days, or in the shade on a bright day.
Get some treats
Dogs LOVE treats and rewards, so they will do almost anything to get a little treat. So why not have some tasty treats or a toy ready when you want to do a photoshoot.
Additional tip: If there are treats your dog might be more willing to participate in the photoshoot. However, make sure to keep the treats pretty small in case you need to use a lot of them!
Get your dog’s attention
Now onto the real deal, the actual photo shoot! To get a good picture you have to get your dog’s attention.Call his or her name, make sounds they respond to, and talk to them to get them to look at the camera.
Additional tip: You can use treats here too. Just hold a treat next to your camera or phone to make sure your pup is looking in the right direction.
Make ’em smile
It’s easy, an active dog is a happy dog and will likely flash you a huge smile after settling down.
So to get that big grin take them for a quick run or tug on a toy with them. Have them chase you around your living room or have a quick 5-minute play session.
Get down on your pup’s level
The height difference between you and your subject can literally RUIN your picture. So get down on your knees to take shots of your pup. From this angle, your pictures will have a better perspective.
Take a lot of pictures
Take A LOT of pictures, and I mean A LOT. The more the merrier, and the better your chances of getting the perfect picture.
Be very fast
Try to be as fast as possible. Your dog won’t sit calmly for ages waiting for you to get the perfect shot.