Do you have a dog that looks away the second you click to take a photo? Do you have more “ghostly” images of your pet instead of cute, clear ones? It isn’t always easy to snag a good shot of your dog, especially when they have this knack for posing for the perfect picture…only to suddenly get camera shy and ruin it. Well, I have two of those adorable creatures but I’ve figured out ways to work around their shyness. It’s like they suddenly know what you’re trying to do, or that they fear the very camera itself. Whatever the reason, I’ve managed to still be a proud and happy furmom, gathering up a decent portfolio of Chewie and Zoey. Check out some of my tips below on how to take photos of a shy dog and give them a try!
FYI: I have come to realize that secretly snagging some pics from my phone has proven the easiest route, and mostly because I always have my smartphone on me (all of the photos listed below were taken from my phone). These days, phones have pretty good cameras on them; I photographed my entire honeymoon to Disney World with just my smartphone (that will be a later post, so stay tuned) since I wasn’t fond of lugging my DSLR all around the parks and on the rides. Regardless of what you use, being sneaky with a shy dog is key!
Another FYI: I tend to make them black and white because the graininess reminds me of old film photographs.
- Be ready, call their name, and then click! This is probably the most obvious option to try, and somehow, my dogs will still know what I’m up to. However, I’ve been lucky a couple times with this method!
Zoey doing her Marilyn Monroe pose over the air vent.
- If using a smartphone, try holding the phone away from your face. Maybe this sounds a little silly, but I’ve found that after awhile, my dogs began to realize what I was trying to do when I held my phone up in front of me. So, when I had them in my view finder, I’d lift my eyes from the screen and look at them or pretend to be looking at something else before snapping a photo. It has worked with my DSLR a couple times as well.
Chewie was sitting on my lap, so I held the phone away from me but in front of him. Calling his name, I took the shot as he adorably looked over at me.
She almost looks too tired to care at my silly attempts at photographing her. Lol.
- Try a different angle. This is similar to #2 in the sense that you aren’t looking at your screen…but this is being a little less obvious and not holding it right in front of them where they can see it.
I love this one so much. She’s just so happy, excited…and oblivious. Haha. Here, I was playing fetch with her, and as she came back and dropped the ball in front of me, I had my smartphone resting on the floor, ready to snap the photo.
Lookit that adorable sheltie nose! She was peering over the edge of the bed to see what I was up to.
- Take a photo while they’re playing, distracted and happily amused. Treats usually always work, too!
Same as one of the images above, she was happily playing fetch with me; too excited to notice me snapping a photo of her on my phone. Candid photography at its best.
Someone didn’t like her haircut and bath! But she certainly paid attention to me when I showed her I had a yummy cookie for her. 😛
- When they aren’t looking. Okay, so this is another pretty obvious one, but it works!
They were so amazed by the amount of snow we were getting and kept staring out the sliding doors. I love how Zoey is looking over at Chewie, silently asking him if going out will be such a good idea.
- Take a photo when they are comfortable. Maybe they are so tired that they simply don’t care? Perhaps they are curled up on their favorite blanket…or on your bed that they claim as their own.
Or perhaps they are completely happy and comfortable in Daddy’s arms.
- When they are asleep. Photographs of adorable, sleeping dogs is always cute!
Awww, a sleepy Chewie.
Be careful, though…they might catch you!
- Sometimes, they’ll simply surprise you. So be ready!
As I was resting on the couch, Zoey came over and placed her head on my lap. She looked so cute that I had to try and snap a picture! Casually petting her head, I carefully took out my phone and she didn’t seem to care. For once. 🙂
So, those are just some tips I’ve used when trying to photograph my two very shy dogs. Sometimes you’ll luck out and get a very photogenic pet, but do not fret if they tend to turn away from the camera! Patience and some secret and tricky photographing skills can get you the precious photos you are hoping for.
This weekend our friends Sunday and John decided to visit from Jersey and stay over for a night…and of course, they brought Gabriel! I absolutely love this kid and he is not at all shy of the camera. He was a trooper; enduring the winds at Valley Forge National Park and then the walk around the King of Prussia Mall, only to later still allow me to snap some photos of his adorable face. I might have gone a bit crazy and took a ton of photographs, but how could I not have?
Mr. Grumpy Face! Haha.
Gabriel with his mama.
Almost a smile!
He loves his Lotso Bear.
Look at those beautiful blue eyes.
Even Zoey joined in on play time!
This has been dubbed his “Damien face”.
My husband always makes fun of me when there is thick fog because I always claim that the zombie apocalypse is coming. I’m sorry, as much as I love Pennsylvania (I’m a Jersey girl and proud), there is something old and creepy about it, especially when the fog is so thick. I mean, if you think about it, this state would be the perfect place to start the undead epidemic. Left 4 Dead or World War Z, anyone?
Anyway, I had been on my way home from work, taking a back road in Norristown along the Schuylkill River when I had to stop and snag a photo with my phone through the rolled down window. I was pleased with how well it came out, however, I knew I wasn’t going to be satisfied and knew I had to get my big camera out here. Despite the rain, I rushed home and dragged my ever-willing hubby out into the cold so that he could drive me down this road again. With the window down, I managed to snag a few photos without getting rained on…until, for the last few photos, I chanced it so I could get a couple of the road. Fortunately at that moment, someone decided to drive down the road so I could get a few shots of that Supernatural-esque moment! All in all a fun little nature photography session.
Cosplay is another creative venue that I’ve begun to explore, and I love that I have friends who are also very interested in it! Together we’ve created NCOG (the NerdHerd Cosplay Group) and plan on doing as many group cosplays as possible. After a few cons in our Team Fortress 2 getups (winning Best in Show from J1 Studios), I finally scheduled a photoshoot with the others. Although we had a cosplayer for every TF2 character from the game, not all of them were able to make it for the shoot. Perhaps another time!
Thanks to Eric and Sara for allowing us to use their apartment and for taking some of the group shots for us!
The “snowpocalypse” of 2016 (aka Winter Storm Jonas) has arrived in full force here in the Philadelphia area! We were certainly expecting a decent amount of snow, but we didn’t anticipate this much! Despite being hunkered down in our apartment all weekend (still unpacking and hanging things on the walls because we’ve recently moved to Norristown) and having to dig out our cars, Chewie and Zoey loved every minute of the fluffy, white stuff. They even allowed me to snap a few shots of them before they got chilly and wanted to rush back inside…that, and my mother wouldn’t have let me hear the end of it if she didn’t get any photos.
Chewie is such a badass. The harsh cold of Hoth doesn’t keep him down! 😉
She just loves burying her face in the snow!
Our beautiful Sheltie girl.
I’ve always had a huge fascination with abandoned places, especially buildings. There’s just something beautiful, yet calming and eerie about them all at the same time. It always makes me wonder what had gone on there before it was deserted, and how long it took for nature to completely take over. So back in college, I decided to start an abandoned photography series called Collected Remnants where I could convey the mystery and beauty of old and worn places of the past. These are the first images of said series that I had taken a few years ago.
- An old barn in Boyertown, Pennsylvania that is no longer there.
- An unused section of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey that once held the likes of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra and Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “The Iceman” in its cells.
- A building that looked to be a swim club once that was on the road near Fricks Lock in Pennsylvania. I believe it was finally torn down a few years back.
- A place in Berks County, PA where a few old Reading Railroad trains were held. This was located near French Creek State Park.
Sci fi and steampunk lovers united over this last weekend during the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Time Travelers Weekend brought the likes of Jedi to Whovians, alongside the creative clockwork-covered adventurers of the steam-powered world to Mount Hope Estate & Winery.
I had the pleasure of going with the NCOG cosplay group on Saturday for some fun shots of their awesome costumes. I was also happy to sport a steampunk costume of my own!
It was a beautiful day during the Time Traveler’s Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire today! Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but my friends Matt and Michelle got engaged! She was totally taken by surprise and I was so very happy that I could be there to document such a great moment. The beautiful weather and their elation combined with the wonderful steampunk theme led to an amazing moment. Thank you both for allowing me to capture this, and best of luck to you!
Carol and Jaime are such a fun couple! Their wedding was at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, PA. With stellar weather, the day could not have been more perfect. Thank you, once again, to the newlyweds for allowing me to capture their special day.
It was another hot day, but it was still a beautiful, long walk through the Schuylkill River Trail. These two constantly had smiles on their faces, making it clear how excited they were for their impending nuptials. As good friends of mine, I was glad to do this engagement photo session for them and cannot wait to celebrate their big day!