Thanks to Pamela Webster from Something Wagging This Way Comes for writing this post!
Smartphones take excellent photos. And digital cameras are less expensive than ever. But just because you have plentiful pictures of your dog, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get some professional shots.
We worked with photographer Alice G Patterson last year to get some lovely images of our dog Honey. These are the reasons it was a great idea.
Why You Should Hire A Professional Photographer
Sorry to lead with a sad idea. But it’s something we all have to face.
Your Pet Won’t Be Around Forever
I’m thankful for the snapshots I took of the dogs I’ve loved before Honey came into our lives. But most of my pictures are blurry or poorly lit. They’re a simple reminder of the dogs I’ve loved. But they’re nothing like having professional pictures that are well-lit and framed.
I hope Honey is with us for many years to come. But when she passes, I’ll enjoy looking back at Alice’s images of her with love.
To See Your Family Together
I have thousands of pictures of Honey stored on my computer. I have a few less of Honey with my husband, Mike. But I have very few pictures of Honey and me.
Because I’m usually taking the pictures.
A professional photographer not only gives you lovely pictures of your dog. They capture your relationship with their camera.
Your Own Photography Will Improve
I’m sorry to say that I’m a terrible photographer. But I know that with experience, I can get better. And watching Alice work got me thinking about what I need to do to improve my own photographs.
One of my favorite photos found Honey on the bow of our sailboat with the sun lighting up her fur from behind. This amateur avoids taking pictures into the sun. But Alice captured Honey in a halo of light.
I’ll definitely experiment more in the future to learn what different lighting will mean for my photos.
You’ll Get New Types Of Photos
When I take a picture of Honey, I usually ask her to sit and stay in a particular setting. But formal, posed pictures don’t show off Honey’s fun side.
And when we’re out and about, I’m usually managing Honey’s behavior.
By watching constantly and taking tons of pictures, Alice was able to capture images of Honey that were both less formal and more expressive than any pictures I could take myself.
You Can Capture Special Moments
I’ve loved photos of special moments with pets on The Daily Dog tag. It’s great to include your entire family in engagement photos or when introducing your new (human) baby to the world.
We’re living and traveling full-time on a sailboat. We probably won’t be doing this forever. But I expect to look back happily on this time. And I’m glad I have the beautiful photographs to document it.
To Chart Your Changing Family
An acquaintance of mine has a professional photo shoot of her dogs every year. How wonderful must it be to have a complete record of each family member changing over time?
Annual photographs are not in my budget. But if I ever win the lottery, they definitely will be.
A Beautiful Keepsake
Alice gave me permission to use her credited images on my blog, . I’ve enjoyed looking through the digital images stored on my computer as well.
But I’m most thrilled to have ordered a few shots for framing.
It brings me joy every day to look up and see Honey’s smiling face, both by my side and framed on the wall. Having professional pictures of Honey will be a wonderful reminder of our relationship for years to come.
You can see more of Pamela’s and Honey’s adventures by following Something Wagging on Instagram.
Check out our tips for including dogs in engagement sessions too. Teach your dog “Paws Up,” the perfect trick for great photos.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in lifestyle photography serving creative women entrepreneurs and dog lovers. Alice is available for travel.