We're dog owners and lovers too. That's why we understand how valuable time spent with your pet is! Taking the time to create memories for years to come allows us to look back and remember all the laughs, smiles and treats shared with our furry loved ones. They also help us forget the bad times we conveniently didn't document, but shoes can be replaced- memories can't!
This is why photos are so important; however, unlike food, friends and coffee shops that normally fill up our social media channels, our dogs don't always take direction well. Here are some quick tips we have gathered from the best the world wide web can offer to help you capture photos and memories of your dog for years to come!
Your dog has a big personality, so sometimes all you need is some inspiration to set the scene and let him do the rest! Pinterest and Instagram are great online tools to search for photo ideas for inspiration on location, decor and various shot ideas. Whether you are looking for #cuteandcandid or #properandposed, Pinterest and Instagram are a great starting point to get the creative juices flowing for you and your soon-to-be insta-famous pup.
Birthday hats and balloons
Fluffy or colourful blankets to sit on or arrange decor ontop of
Mix it up- shoot candids of them eating or playing and some posed shots
Prepare your patience- you'll need it
2. Set The Scene
When choosing a location for your photos its important to keep a few things in mind (other than am I a crazy dog person? Yes- yes I am):
Lighting: natural light is best! It creates a nicer image where flash can look to harsh, cause red eye or scare your pet.
Keep It Simple: when thinking about location usually a simple wall or clutter-free area works best. Your dog is an attention-hog so keep all the attention on him or her!
Decor: do you want your pet wearing a cute accessory? Or posing with a balloon, a treat or a toy? Think about all these things before you ask your dog to sit as we all know patience isn't their strong suit.
Please do not mix dogs and fire- this is never a good idea.
3. Say Cheese (or Wüf!)
So you've picked a location, the lighting is #perf and the outfit is "on point". You look over and your dog is trying to chew on a balloon and you wonder if your camera will be the only thing focusing today.
Have no fear- treats are here! Treats, like Wüfers, are perfect in and out of the photos. They are a high-reward treat your dog isn't used to getting so use this to your advantage. If you have a friend or an extra hand use the treat to lure your dog into position. We recommend "sit" and "stay" or even "wait" but we all know how selective dog's hearing can be so use what will work best!
Sometimes the simplest prop is the one that helps mark the special occasion. Put down the birthday hat of yesterday and pick up the chalkboard, light-up or letterboard sign of 2018! These props help customize your photo to spell things like "I'm 1!", "I'm Going To Be a Big Brother" or "I'm Sorry I Ate Mom's Shoe". Plus, once you're done you can use it in other parts of your house and your husband won't be mad for buying a prop for your dog photo.
4. Show Off on Social
Whether your photos end up belonging in an art gallery or are best suited for the fridge we want to see them! Upload to social media and use the hashtag #celebratethewuf !
Creativity, hard work and months of planning can only get you so far if your model decides not to cooperate (models can be so demanding). This is when burst mode comes in handy! Whether you are using a DSLR or an iPhone burst mode will be your best friend for pups who just want to dance. On your iPhone, open your camera, point, hold down the shutter button and hope 1/100 worked!
We hope these photo tips help you turn your pet photos from ruff to paw-some! If you would like any information on Wüfers Cookie Boxes please visit our site here.
Follow Wüfers on social media and tag us in all your birthday bonanza photos using#CelebrateTheWuf.