Creating the Perfect Dog Portrait | St. Louis Dog Photographer | Whitehall Photography

October 05, 2017  •  6 Comments

What goes into creating the perfect dog portraits?  What I see and what you see is two different things.

Dog Photography is part patience, part planning…. And part photoshop magic.

One of the major objection to not have people their dogs photographed is… they won’t sit/stay.  Well 90% of the dogs are on a leash.  Owners and leashes are removed from images.

This dog portrait on the right is the final image.  But on the left is where it started.  I had Ziva put her front paws on the tree, had her momma stand to the side holding the leash and I pick an angle that works and get my starting image.

  Dog PhotographerBefore and After

I have removed the leash, cropped and brightened the image.  The one on the right is the one you want have hanging on your wall.

Here is another scenario:

When I plan a shoot sometimes I just know that getting all the dogs together for a portrait would be next to impossible.  So I find a location that will work.  I mentally place each of the dogs in the location, sometimes I put rocks or sticks as markers.  I put the camera on a tripod.  I have the owners place the dogs then I change the focus point for each of the dogs.

Three individual pictures with leashes.
During the editing process I combine the three images, take out the leashes and owner and get MAGIC.

Dog photography can be tricky but the results are AMAZING.

Final image of the three separate images.

Another is location.  What you see and what I see are two different things.  Here is the patch of sunflowers that I grew in my back yard.  It was about 5 x 15.  But the image below is what happens when I photograph it.  It is all in how you view it.

Sunflower Patch

The final image:

St. Louis Dog PhotographerAndrea and Cooper in the Sunflower Patch







Sharon Whitehall | Whitehall Photographer | Serving St. Louis, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Wildwood, O'Fallon, St. Charles and surrounding areas.


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Janice Carabine(non-registered)
Great sunflower image ! And information !
Michelle Robertson(non-registered)
This is so true!!! You've done a wonderful job with these dogs and created beautiful artwork!
Great Images. Beautiful Dogs.
How creative! I always wondered how photographers were able to pose multiple pups in one images so well behaved and posed perfectly!
Great tips and beautiful images!
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