Dog PicturesWhen Sharon Montrose started photographing pets in the 1990s, her first snaps were of her own: Simon, a rottweiler, and Avery, a greyhound/bulldog/shar-pei mix. Today, the photographer's niche is shooting dogs, cats, kids, "anything nongrown-up," says Montrose. Here's her smart advice for capturing the perfect pet picture.
Work every angle. Getting down on your stomach or standing on a ladder gives you a new perspective on your pet.
Blow a whistle. The noise will make your pet perk up his ears and widen his eyes, giving you a better shot.
Create a sleeker look by removing the collar from your dog or cat.
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For a professional-looking portrait, coordinate something unique in your pet's markings with a matching backdrop.
Make your pet stand out by placing him in a contrasting environment. During summer months, use lush green grass to contrast with the colors of a white or beige pooch or kitty.
Choose black-and-white film for a more dramatic, artistic feel.
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Shoot, shoot, shoot like crazy. For two good pictures, expect to shoot dozens of photos.
-by Jennifer Wysmuller
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