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  • Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.
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5 Tips for Photographing Puppies

Expert tips on how to get the perfect puppy photo. Every time.

Copy: Serena Faber-Nelson & Lauren Dobish

Photography: Lauren Dobish Photography

Anyone who’s ever embarked on the task of photographing puppies knows it’s no easy feat!

These squiggling, wriggling balls of fluff move a mile a minute, have no training, and are distracted by everything. Because you know, they’re puppies.

But with these expert tips, you’ll be capturing the cutest puppy photos you’ll be sharing with everyone for years to come (guaranteed to get some major double taps on Instagram!)

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

1. Get Them Sleepy

Make sure the puppies are a little sleepy when you start to photograph them, because once they’re awake, they are hard to get to sit still!

Puppies moving around end up a blur in your camera’s viewfinder… so play with them, tire them out and when they start to slow down pick up your camera.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

2. Bring Props

Use props like baskets, crates, benches, etc to keep the puppies contained in one area.

They are much easier to capture when then are confined in one place rather than chasing them all around.

As an added bonus, puppies in basket? Cuteness guaranteed.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

3. Noises Get Attention

Try to make all different kinds of noises to get the puppies’ attention! They are so curious when they hear a new noise, so when they hear a new noise coming from you, there is a better chance they will look at the camera.

If you’re super prepared, have squeakers, funny whistles and/or party kazoos on hand.

That way you’ll never run out of new noises to capture their attention.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

4. Stay Close

If the puppies have freedom to roam, follow them closely!

After they run around, puppies almost always take a break to lay down when they get tired, and that’s when you want take advantage of the photo opportunity. Tired puppies are the best puppies to photograph.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

5. Be Patient

Dog photography isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to capture active, excited puppies!

Make sure to be patient and when you least expect it, you’re going to capture the most perfect portrait.

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.

Bonus Tip!

Expert tips on photographing puppies. Pro photographers share how to capture the perfect puppy photos at home - fuss free and budget friendly.
Don’t forget to get some shots of mama (or papa) dog if they are available.

They deserve some shots for bringing these little pups into the world, and the photos will be treasured keepsakes for years to come.


CREDITS

These are all of the wonderful vendors involved with bringing this puppy feature to life!

Photography: Lauren Dobish Photography
Dog Scarves, Bow Ties and Bows: Tails and Sails
Floral Crowns: Central Square Florist
Puppies: Laursans

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi! I’m Lauren, a Wedding and Dog Photographer based in Boston, MA. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, went to college in Maine (Yeah Bates College!), and now call Boston my home. I moved here 4 years ago to live with my best friends even though I didn’t have a job and I’m so glad I did because I’ve grown to love this city more than I ever could’ve imagined! My other passion in life is teaching and I currently work in Special Education at a local high school. Teaching and photography have allowed me to connect with so many incredible people and I hope I will get the chance to meet you too!

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Copy: Serena Faber-Nelson & Lauren Dobish

Photography: Lauren Dobish Photography

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