Fun Photos with Trish and Mishu
For the next few days, foster mom Trish and star pupil Mishu the adoptable chihuahua continue to practice everything that Bark Buster dog trainer Lisa Marshall has taught them. And Trish, as always, is never far from her cameras. The fact that Mishu is amazingly photogenic serves a dual purpose: training and posing — for treats, of course.
Then, as she methodically poses and snaps, poses and snaps, she offers tips to aspiring pet photographers who aspire to the best cute photos of their dogs. Her tips are especially helpful to foster families who are responsible for getting those mission-critical shots of their adoptable dogs that make or break the adoption process. Cute photos increase a dog’s chance of a quick adoption exponentially.
“Convey what your dogs are all about,” she says. “If sleeping’s their favourite pastime, show them napping in various positions. If they love to play, show them romping with their favourite toys. Use various outside locations to keep your photos interesting.
For indoor shots, create your own backdrop using a blanket or a sheet, and add some brightly coloured objects to make your cute photos ‘pop.’
To make your dogs ‘smile’ for cute photos, have them run around; panting looks like smiling. Or a little peanut butter goes a long way for capturing smiles and crazy tongues in cute photos!
If your dogs are camera-shy, make it a positive experience by rewarding them with praise and treats. Let them sniff your camera, hear the noises it makes, and give them time to get used to it all. Making cute photos is supposed to BE fun and if you don’t MAKE it fun, your dogs won’t cooperate or look forward to the experience.
Cute Photos and Doggie Safety
And,” Trish adds, switching cameras, “always ensure the safety of both you and your dogs. When I was training Mishu to wear goggles, for example, as I was putting them on, I constantly gave him treats and told him what a good boy he was. And I continued to give him more treats and more praise throughout the session.
In order to get the cute photos of Mishu in the box, I loaded it with treats and placed him inside with them. Then I turned it into a game. I’d ask him to jump into the box, and when he did, he got a treat. When I’d ask him to jump out of the box, he got another treat.” And here she laughs. “I wonder how much weight he’s gained with all the treats he’s been getting. But,” she concludes, setting her camera down, “treats and trust go a long way.”
Now that one-year-old Mishu’s a star in front of the camera, will he be a star in front of prospective adopters? Will he charm them as he continues to charm foster mom Trish and the boyz, Buster and Harley? Or will his old insecurities resurface when he confronts his newest and possibly greatest challenge?
About the Series Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue
Furever Network presents Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue, sponsored by Pawsome Pet Photography. The series follows the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of a single dog, Mishu the Chihuahua under the care of Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, in an effort to bring more awareness to the incredible work that foster families and rescue organizations undertake to get just one dog adopted into a loving Furever home. The series publishes new episodes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00pm on www.furever.caBook Pawsome Pet Photography A Photo Session Now!