MOLLY SENSENBRENNER, PHOTOGRAPHER — Most of the family dogs that I photograph are big dogs–the kind that are hard to pick up and are easy for kids to lay on top of without having to worry about hurting their furry friend. However, I love when I get to photograph little pets, too. They are easy to pick up which can lead to different posing options.
I have two main suggestions when photographing small pets.
- Get on their level. To get the shot of the dog by himself, I am laying on the ground with my camera resting on the ground. I think this adds interest to the photo by capturing the dog’s world from his level. It also shows the environment clearly, so the audience can gauge the dog’s size. The fact that the hostas plants around him are about equal in size shows just how little he is.
- When taking pictures of a little dog with a family member, have the person pick up the dog so they are close to the human subject’s face. A big gap between the dog and humans make for a more awkward photo and doesn’t showcase a connection between them.