I told him that for his first official pictures, he doesn't really need to hire a pro, as long as his humans have a good camera and time on their hands. Because taking pics of a dog can be time consuming!
My mum does a great job with her camera and she taught me a few tricks to be sure that i would behave during a photoshoot. So i thought i would share them with you guys, in case your humans decide to take "pro like" pics of you! They might not send them to an agent or a magazine, but at least they'll have beautiful pics of you to hang on the walls!
First of all, it's much more easier to take pics of us dogs after our meal or after a walkie. We are calm and we tend to be a little lazy, so that helps a lot when humans want us to stay still. Also, try to take pics in a safe and quiet environment. If it's too busy, too loud, with lots of humans, or dogs - or cats! - your humans will have a hard time! Tell your humans that you need clear command or you'll be all messed up and the pics will look weird! I had a lot of fails, believe me!
Your humans have to prepare the settings first! We don't like waiting, doing nothing, while humans prepare all the stuff they want in the pics, like cushions, toys, flowers, blankies, ... Please humans, be prepared!! And please, if you want to dress us for the pics, do it at the last minute! We may get dirty while waiting...
Lighting is important too. Best time of the day to take our pics outside is an hour or two before sunset. It will give us a nice glow because of indirect light. It works anytime of the year, summer or winter. But if your humans want to take pics in the woods, they must do it when the sun is at its highest point, around noon. The rays will go down between the trees and pics will look amazing!
Don't forget that the background is also very important! And tell them to find one that will suit your fur color!
Last but not least, treats! Tell your humans that a little reward after all that hard work is always appreciated!
Ok, to give you an idea on how those pics could come out if your humans try mum's advice, here's a look at some pics i have in my portfolio...
I'm not a pro and the pics are just for my own use. But i like beautiful pics of me. Kinda makes me fell like a star!
It's not easy to be a model, but it's a lot of fun! Think about the treats guys!