In honor of National Dog Day, we’ve assembled our favorite picture ideas for capturing the many personalities of man’s best friend. From the heartwarming to the downright ridiculous, there’s bound to be at least one photo you can copycat (copydog?) for your own furry friend on this most adorable of days.
1. DIY Photo Booth
Photo booths aren’t just for the two-legged! From shelter fundraisers to dog shows, more and more pet-friendly photo booths are popping up across the country. Keep an eye out for a benefit near you, but in the meantime, you can DIY with the app Pocketbooth. This new mobile app is “the photo booth that fits in your pocket” – perfect for a spontaneous shoot with your pup!
2. A Dog’s Life Aquatic
This photo inspiration comes straight from Seth Casteel’s viral sensation Underwater Dogs, a hilarious photo collection of – you guessed it – dogs underwater. Why not dust off your waterproof camera and give it a try?
3. Up Close & Personal
If you got it, flaunt it! Some dogs have that one striking feature that is perfect for a closeup shot. Add a little color enhancement for extra effect, and you’ve got a beautiful image of your four-legged friend.
4. Play Dress Up
Okay, some dogs may be more open to this one than others, but you have to admit that dressing up your dog can provide some pretty adorable photo opportunities. We don’t want you losing any fingers here. But, if you can, pick out an outfit that reflects his or her personality and give it a try!
5. Seriously Cute
You know those moments when you catch your dog intently staring out the window, and you find yourself wondering: “what is he thinking about?” Capturing your dog’s serious side on camera makes for some incredible dog portraits – just don’t interrupt their deep moments too often!
6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
There is something inherently comforting about a sleeping dog. Take advantage of their blissed out state to snap some endearing photos; you’ll easily get some still shots, and they’ll be none the wiser!
7. The Action Shot
If your dog is anything like mine, it can be tough to get them to sit still for 5 seconds, let alone a whole photo shoot. Instead of trying to control their energy, embrace it! Take pictures when your dog is happiest – running, jumping, chasing the mailman, you name it. Here are some tips on capturing stellar photos of animals in motion, perfect for dog photography.
8. Get in the Picture
Last but not least, sometimes the best photos of our dogs are taken with the people they love most. So grab a friend or set up a timer on your camera, and snap some photos with your pup. Because let’s face it – our dogs bring out the best in us, and who doesn’t want to look their best?
We hope that this photo collection will make for some beautiful, canvas-worthy photos of you and your dog. Have some ideas of your own? Please share below!