Photographing multiple dogs can be a challenge, here’s how to do it.
Amazingly, photographing multiple dogs isn’t as tricky as it sounds. I’m a bit of a pro when it comes to getting several dogs into one shot, throw in a baby and I’m totally at home as you’ll see here and here. The first step to tackling a shoot with 5 dogs is to photograph them one at a time (cheating a bit I know). Dogs are generally easier to manage when they’re flying solo, so we started with individual shots. This meant shutting whoever wasn’t being photographed away in the house. The Terriers weren’t having any of this and kept climbing out of a window to interrupt Jack. He didn’t seem to mind.
This is Jack, he’s a clown. He is an enormous dog, as I was leaving he was peeping at me OVER the kitchen counter, that gives you an idea of his height. Whilst he was very gentle on his own, once we added the others in, I had to make sure I didn’t get mown down as he ran around the garden. He’d have taken me out like a skittle.
Step 2 is to tackle hounds in pairs. Scarlet and Scout are siblings, so I snapped them together as well as individually. Being terriers, they were easy to position with the help of a ball which was held above the camera lens to get their attention. Plus, unlike Jack, they were small enough to position on a log for a bit of variety.
I love these cheeky little faces.
Up next were Leo and Becky, also siblings of the more senior variety. Becky has recently gone blind, so manoeuvring her was a challenge, luckily she’s a bit biscuit obsessed so that helped.
Step 3 of the 5 dog shoot instruction blog, bribe, bribe and bribe again.
Leo’s hips are a bit stiff, so getting him to sit wasn’t realistic, he stood for his photos (looking intently at a biscuit tin being rattled vigorously).
Working in an area with good lighting is step 4. Dogs rarely sit still for very long, especially Becky who kept getting up and wandering off. Choosing a spot in the garden with nice even lighting in a largish area meant I didn’t have to keep moving around and I could get good shots wherever the dogs decided to plonk themselves.
The last step, number 5, is if in doubt, add humans. There was no way this collection of canines was going to sit together for a shot, so I added Mom and Dad in which worked like a charm. They sat where they wanted and did their own thing. Which is pretty much what they do anyway, so this made for a lovely candid shot of the whole family. Leo decided to have a dip in the pool mid shoot, hence his rather damp coat.
I would love to photograph your family of dogs. Please get in touch with me to find out more about booking a shoot and everything else that goes with it.