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Getting the right perspective in a picture makes all of the difference when trying to capture the true spirit of your pet. This first picture is a pretty traditional portrait that captures the "happy go lucky" character of Atlas.  It was taken at her eye level (slightly above) which enhances our perception of her being friendly, non-threatening and happy. A minute or two later I took this picture from a completely different perspective. I was laying down in the grass looking up.  Two things happened when I did this.  First the perspective makes Atlas look much larger and more intimidating. ...

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If you are taking a portrait look for natural frames that isolate your subject and guide the viewer.  In this picture Olive stopped for a minute to check on me as she poked around the bush.  It was a golden opportunity to use the surrounding foliage to frame and draw attention to her face.

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A sense of mystery can add a significant amount of interest to a pet portrait.  By not showing what the pet is looking at viewers are drawn to speculate on what is capturing this its interest.  This leads them to dwell on the picture longer and enjoy the mystery.

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Action shots of dogs can be a real problem.   Often with teeth showing, the tongue lolling, and the eyes rolling dogs at a full run can look less than cute.  The best way to get the right emotion is to let the dog get tired so they slow down.  Before getting out the camera play with them until they tire and calm down a bit.  When they aren't straining and running at full speed it is easier to get them in focus and they will have more appealing features.

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While an interesting perspective creates interest and grabs initial attention it's the eyes that make a pet portrait memorable.  The feeling of a picture changes dramatically if the subject is engaged with the camera or focused on something off-camera.  Looking at the camera the subject engages us directly but, if they are looking away, they create interest by making us guess at what is just off-camera that is engaging them.

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